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James Thornton Duggan



  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Thornton AWMM
  • Surname
    Duggan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 44278 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 July 1909 Cenotaph Data Entry Form Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 C/- T Hume, Raho Ruru, Pirinoa, Featherston AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Gladys Ioeta Duggan (wife), Raho Ruru, Featherston (Nominal roll lists 302 High Street, Carterton as the address) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 44278 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 21 January 1941 2NZEF Nom Roll 5
    Age 31 AWMM
    Farm hand 2NZEF Nom Roll 5
    MastertonWairarapa 2NZEF Nom Roll 5
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWII AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Brown AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 7 August 1945 AWMM Lance Corporal Cenotaph Data Entry Form

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • James was the eldest child of James Henry DUGGAN & Annette Jessie DUGGAN (nee Hawkes), he had 4 siblings, Zilla, Nolan, Coral & Sadie. (Source: Public source)
    James early childhood was spent living with his Aunt in Takaka, Golden Bay. When James was about 8 he moved to Wellington with his family & then a year or so later the family moved to live at Pirinoa in the Wairarapa. James’ mother died when he was 14 and soon after the 4 younger sibblings were split and lived in orphanages, until the family re-united 13 years later. Remaining a close family after this time. (Source: Public source)

    James younger brother Nolan also served in WWII. The brothers met at Helwan Camp, Egypt in May 1943.(Source: Public source)

    James married Gladys HAMILTON in June 1940. Gladys served in NZ in the Women’s Auxillary Army Corps (WAAC’s). Jim & Gladys had no children of their own, but fostered several children after the war. They lived in Wellington (in the Hutt Valley) most of their post war life, owning a Dairy in Lower Hutt for several years. Their last residence was on The Esplanade in Petone. Gladys survived Jim by 3 years and is buried in the same grave in Carterton.(Source: Public source) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 February 1991 Cenotaph Data Entry Form
    Age 81 AWMM
    Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Clareville Lawn Cemetery, Carterton AWMM Plot 853 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Hi I' am the niece of Ivan Watt, and I believe I might have a photo of Jim Duggan with my Uncle Ivan Watt. The back of the photo inscription reads only: Jim Duggan & I . Cairio. There is no date, but Uncle Ivan was in Egypt by 1942 and went to fight in Italy. He survived the War, and married his sweetheart Margaret McEwan, they want 4-6 children, but remained childless, and I have inherit his precious war photos, letters and album along with his medals. Would like to make contact...kind regards Judi Browning
    Public - judi - Researcher - 27 April 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.63 AWMM


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27 April 2016judiInvercargillResearcher
05 March 2016MaureenNew ZealandOther relative
19 February 2016Maureen PamelaNew ZealandOther relative
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