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William Stuart Callender



  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    Callender AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Stuart Callender AWMM
  • Service number
    61320 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 October 1915 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 8 January 1941 AWMM Bank of New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    James Royston Callender (father), 105 Bedford Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 June 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Artillery NCO School, Papakura AWMM
    • M.E. Weapon Training School, Palestine AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 8 January 1941 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Banker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Varicose veins injected to enrol AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Yellow Jaundice, 1 New Zealand General Hospital,, Helwan (October 1942) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Diptheria, 2NZGH, Caserta (March 1944) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Operation on leg, 1 New Zealand General Hospital (1945) AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of James Royston Callender, and of Beatrice Fullerton Callender (nee Stuart Forbes)

    Husband of Sally (Ella); father of David, Linda, Robert

    Whilst serving before the outbreak of war he was with the "Artillery 12th Battery, Dunedin and trained at Artillery 18 pounders school, with a horse drawn 4.5 inch Howitzer."

    "18 months after leaving New Zealand, my brother Hugh came from Khartoum to see me at Ras Baalbek and we went into Damascus etc. When I stayed at his aerodrome on the way to Nairobi. He was a POW.

    A primary school friend spoke up for me when I was a week late getting back and another got me to Westgate.When Hugh was released met him and we had leave together and visited Callender in Scotland. We were in Aberdeen when the bells rang about midnight on VJ Day. We went to church at 2am on way home."

    Three sons, brothers served in WW2: Douglas Gordon Callender (NZ401721) killed; Hugh Callender (RNZAF); and William Stuart Callender (61320).

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 September 2005 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald September 2005 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • One of your true gentlemen, a kind and caring father and husband, who lost 24 mates over breakfast one morning due to a german bomber, plus a brother -there are no winners in war, and when he came back, all he wanted to do was to forget it and live in peace -Hollywood's glamorization of war and killing is only the nonsense of people who have never lived it and we descendants thank those that gave so much for us - it wasn't week or two -it was 5 to 6 years of their youth
    Public - David Gordon - Child - 4 March 2018



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  • External links
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    Further Reference
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • 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
      WW2 4: WW2 54 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald September 2005 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM


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04 March 2018David GordonNZChild

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