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Albert William Willis


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Albert William AWMM
  • Surname
    Willis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 36444 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 September 1918 AWMM RivertonSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Gummies Bush, Riverton, Southland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. G. Willis, Gummies Bush, Riverton (father) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 36444 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    19 August 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Willis, Albert William. (Ref. WO 373/25/729). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Sapper AWMM

Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Lance Sergeant A. W. Willis, MM; Invercargill; born Riverton, 6 Sep 1918; carpenter; wounded 18 Dec 1943. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.454.)

    'Meanwhile, time was passing fast. CSM Matthews, who was waiting in the OC's jeep, heard the noise of transport on the 26 Battalion route while 1 Platoon was still under fire, called up Brigade, and suggested that 24 Battalion's support weapons should be routed up 26 Battalion's track.

    When Pemberton returned to 1 Platoon about 4 a.m. he found one Scorpion still working. The other had lost a track, both commanders were wounded, and those remaining in No. 1 Platoon were under heavy fire. A party was sent on foot to 24 Battalion headquarters to advise the battalion commander to send guides to 26 Battalion to meet his support weapons, and the battered platoon was withdrawn.

    Before moving over to 5 Brigade it remains to be recorded that Sapper Willis, who drove the OC's jeep, turned it into an ambulance and carried the wounded who could not walk out to the RAP. The jeep was damaged by mortar fire and a tyre punctured, but Willis effected repairs, changed the tyre and carried on. Both he and Corporal Quinn, who had done sterling work that night and in earlier engagements, were awarded Military Medals. Lance Sergeant A. W. Willis, MM; Invercargill; born Riverton, 6 Sep 1918; carpenter; wounded 18 Dec 1943.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. pp. 454.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.454. AWMM
    • 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
      p.517 AWMM

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