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William Arthur Johnson

Photograph of WA Johnson (s/n 410189) taken in ealry 1942. Image provided by Peter Nightingale. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Photograph of WA Johnson (s/n 410189) taken in ealry 1942. Image provided by Peter Nightingale. Imag …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 410189 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 August 1921 Cenotaph Data Entry Form InvercargillSouthland Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 109 Yarrow Street, Invercargill AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. M. Johnson (mother), Alva Bank, Queenstown AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1942 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 410189 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 23 September 1941 Cenotaph Data Entry Form
    Age 20 AWMM
    Porter/Civilian Cenotaph Data Entry Form
    InvercargillSouthland Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Private Public - Peter - Other relative - 8 March 2016 - Military Personnel file

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Margaret Maria Matilda Johnson (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

      Served in the Pacific : New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, Vella Lavella, Treasury Islands, Nissan Islands (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form) AWMM
    • Arthur married Jessie McGown Richardson in Wellington on the 26th January 1961. They had two daughters - Rhona and Elean, they were the pride and joy for their parents.

      The family moved from Wellington to Levin. From 1962-1972 Arthur worked as a driver / salesman for Farmers Trading Company. He also worked as a cashier at the Horowhenua Power Board.

      Jessie, Arthur's wife was born in Scotland. Jessie and Arthur had two trips overseas in 1984 and 1987 which included an exciting return to Jessie's native country - Scotland. Jessie died 14 November 1996 in Levin.

      Arthur was also able to travel with his daughter, Rhona, together they travelled to USA and the the United Kingdom in 1998.

      In later life Arthur took a keen interest in family history and gave fine eulogies of relatives who had passed away.

      Family remember Arthur as a straightforward man and he is fondly remembered for his loyalty and hard work in helping others. Public - Peter - Other relative - 8 March 2016 - Daughter, Rhona Johnson; cousin Peter Nightingale. Military Personnel Record; books - Wright, M. Pacific War; Hutching, M. (ED.) Against the Rising Sun - New Zealanders Remember the Pacific War.
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About death

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  • Death
    7 June 2015 Cenotaph Data Entry Form
    Age 93 AWMM
    LevinManawatu-Wanganui Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Avenue Cemetery, Avenue North Road, Levin, New Zealand AWMM RSA Block, no 631 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Dominion Post, 9 June 2015 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.207 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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08 March 2016PeterAucklandOther relative
29 February 2016Online CenotaphNZResearcher

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