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Maurice Edward Odlin O'Connor

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Maurice Edward Odlin AWMM
  • Surname
    O'Connor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Lofty AWMM
  • Service number
    21089 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 August 1922 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 January 1940 AWMM 2 Monaghan, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Alice Kathleen O'Connor (mother), 2 Monaghan, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 April 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Ngaruawhia, Hopa Hopa, Trentham, Waiouru camps AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Jan 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Tailor's cutter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Sidi Rezegh, Western Desert AWMM
      28 November 1941 AWMM
      Battle of Sidi Rezegh AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Patras AWMM
      Greece Dec 1941 - Jan 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 85, Tuturano AWMM
      Mar 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 65 Gravina, Italy AWMM
      Jun 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 129 Monteli Pone, Italy AWMM
      Jan 1943 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 78/1 Acqua Fredda, Italy AWMM
      Apr 1943 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 November 1943 AWMM Liberated by Termoli by the English Buff Regiment AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      3 bullets in the leg. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Shrapnel broke the bone from ear to eye. Eye infected. Operated on in 1945 Wellington Hospital AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Enlisted about January 1940 and put his age up when he enlisted in the army by about 3 years.

    Survivor of a troop ship Oronsay , bombed by German aircraft in Jan 1941 leaving Port Glasgow.

    Survivor from Prisoner of War ship Sebasitano Venier, known also as the Jason which was torpedoed 9th Dec 1941 on voyage fronm Benghazi to Italy. Lived in Patras, Greece for three months before going on to Italy. Escaped from Acqua Fredda Camp (PG 78/1) down through Italy Sept 1943 to Termoli.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2003 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 May 2016 AWMM
    Age 93 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial Gardens AWMM Return Service Man Area, Row U, Plot 013 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 10 May 2016. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 141 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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