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Vivian Leonard Ansell

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Mr Ansell taken while he was serving for New Zealand in WW II. - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Vivian Leonard AWMM
  • Surname
    Ansell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    63536 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 November 1919 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 April 1941 AWMM 20 Mains Avenue, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Gladys Ansell (mother), 20 Mains Avenue, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Solomon Islands Campaign AWMM
    • Nissan Island AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    63536 AWMM
  • Military service
    • School cadets (Whangarei High) AWMM
    • Territorials. North Auckland Motorised Regiment AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Apr 1941 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Banker AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Influenza, Admitted to Hospital at Ellerslie Racecourse AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mr Ansell embarked twice, the first time in 1941 for Fiji and the second in 1942 for New Caledonia.

    In the nominal roll Mr Ansell's rank on embarkation in May 1941 is listed as Corporal, he records his rank as Gunner at the time.

    26 May 1941.The second section of 1 Relief for 8 Brigade Group (33 officers and 883 other ranks of 2NZEF) embarked in Rangatira and Monowai at Auckland for Fiji. 24-28 December 1942.The Fourth Section of Kiwi Force embarked in West Point at Wellington (on 24 December) and Auckland (on the 27th and 28th December), a total of 438 officers and 6039 other ranks of 2NZEF for New Caledonia. This draft reached Noumea on 31 December 1942. From 'CHRONOLOGY New Zealand in the War 1939-1946' compiled by R Kay, 1968. The battles for Guadalcanal in 1942 between the American and Japanese navies was the start of the most ferocious campaign in history. The Americans entered this campaign with inaccurate maps and some, including Major-General Alexander Vanegrift who was in command, not knowing where the Solomon Islands were. However they acquired skills which were to prove essential to later victories in the Pacific. It was a difficult campaign due to multiple factors such as the isolation, heat, dense jungle, lack of basic infra-structure and the great distances between base and supplies, and the front line. Though largely a US naval and military struggle, New Zealand's contribution was important. New Zealand was involved in the battle as it was imperative that the Japanese advance on the Pacific be stopped or they would have reached New Zealand. New Zealand's main contribution was in the form of the 3 NZ Division. The Forward Maintenance Centre (advanced base) was joined by the 14 Brigade on 27 August 1943, Divisional troops and units on 2 September and the 8 Brigade on 14 September 1943. New Zealand troops were involved in a number of battles was they moved up the Solomon's gaining control of islands as they went. The 14 Brigade and HQ 3 Division landed on Vella Lavella on 18 September 1943, and on Green (Nissan) Island on 15 February 1944, and the 8 Brigade landed on Mono Island on 27 October 1943. The capture of Mono Island would provide a radar site to cover the Bougainville landings and its harbour was ideal as a staging area for ships during the invasion. At no time did all of New Zealand 3 Division fight together due to the cross over of the battles. Other New Zealand troops were also involved, such as the NZ Engineers in road and airstrip construction (on the very underdeveloped islands, especially Guadalcanal), as well as support from the signals and medical corps and transport and air support. AWMM
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Death

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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Sources

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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.12 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.12 AWMM