John Stephen AWMM
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WWII 38831 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
WW2 36 Matai Rd, Hataitai, Wellington AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW2 Mr S.G. Cowles, 36 Matai Rd, Hataitai, Wellington (father) AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
His father Stephen Glanville Cowles (44185) served during the First World War.
From his medical records; Wounded in action on the 24th October 1942, advancing on foor wearing tin-hat, last memory was lying on face and hearing two shells burst behind him and one in front of him. First memory after injury was still lying out in the field and he asked for a stretcher bearer because he could not move. Head felt sore and left eye closed up with dirt. He was admitted to a Scottish Hospital.
While serving with the 25th Battalion, John received shrapnel wounds to his head in El Alamein. In December 1942 he was evacuated to New Zealand on board the NZHS Maunganui. John was admitted to Dunedin Hospital for brain surgery and died on the 8th of February 1946. AWMM
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Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
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