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Wilfred Havelock Fraser

Mr Fraser taken while serving in the Pacific. - This image may be subject to copyright

Mr Fraser taken while serving in the Pacific. - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wilfred Havelock AWMM
  • Surname
    Fraser AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    74322 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Solomon Islands Campaign AWMM
    • Mono Island AWMM
      [1943] AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    74322 AWMM
  • Military service
    8 Brigade AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham (6 weeks) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 16 January 1942 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

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    • Married to Susan Fraser who served in the Army in Cairo during the war.

      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
    • Died Invercargill 19 September 1999 Public - Janice - Other relative - 16 October 2017 - Family Papers. B.D.M. Record :1999/20762
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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 7 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1942 to 31st March, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.52 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.140 AWMM

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16 October 2017Janice StratfordOther relative
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