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Norman Cooke Delaney



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Norman Cooke AWMM
  • Surname
    Delaney AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Norman Cook Delaney AWMM
  • Service number
    8848 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 May 1917 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 4 October 1939 AWMM C/o Mrs Waugh, Duke Street Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr George Delaney (father), Marden Road, Claudelands, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
    • El Alamein AWMM
    • Tunisia AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8848 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Burnham Military Camp- 5.10.1939- 4.1.1940 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 4 October 1939 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Crete AWMM
    Crete, Greece AWMM
    1 May 1941 AWMM
  • 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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Joyce, father of Allan, Graeme and Brian

    Enlisted about 4 October 1939

    Embarked for Greece and Crete 18 March 1941. Returned to Egypt 30 May 1942

    Escaped from the Crete Prisoner of War Camp six weeks after being captured. He then spent about ten months in the hills of Crete, finally returning to Bardia in North Africa by boat.

    Arrived in NZ 12 July 1943 as a member of the First Furlough Draft. Was in New Zealand rest of war, comprising three months furlough and service on New Zealand.

    Temporary Staff at Army Office, Knox St., Hamilton 12 July 1943-6 July 1945; also described as the Sick and Wounded Department (possibly nickname) for the Army Office, Area L, Hamilton

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1998. Name spelled as Norman Cook Delaney on the Nominal Roll AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 August 2007 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato 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, 15 August 2007 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland Domain, an Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMM

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  • My grandmother recently told me that they were hidding an English soldier at their house in "Prinias" village in Asterousia mountain in Crete for a lot of time. Despite she was a young children she still remembers his name "Deladay" she calls it. During his long stay in Crete people called him "Michalis"... and as I found he escaped Crete in 1942... so obviously we are talking for the same person.
    Public - EVANGELOS - 17 March 2017



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  • External links
  • 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. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 48 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 15 August 2007 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM


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17 March 2017EVANGELOSHeraklion Crete GreeceOther

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