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Howard John Holmes

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Portrait, Howard John Holmes cap, hands in pockets - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Howard John Holmes cap, hands in pockets - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Howard John AWMM
  • Surname
    Holmes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Slim Holmes AWMM
  • Service number
    37054 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 August 1917 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
    Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 3 October 1940 AWMM 17 McLean Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    G.A. Holmes (father), 17 McLean Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 22 December 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trained before embarkation between 16 October 1940 - 22 December 1940 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 3 October 1940 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Tailor/Civilian AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Salonike, Greece - VIII-B Lamsdorf, Germany AWMM
      Sfakia, Crete AWMM
      1 June 1941 AWMM
      Was on beach in Crete AWMM
    • WW2
      Crete, Greece AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Crete List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 August 1945 AWMM Liberated 2 weeks before end of war AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    5119 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 5 November 1945 AWMM Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1998. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    26 August 2014 AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

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  • Howard is my Grandfather, and was a huge influence on my life. He was the reason i joined the Army and one of the reasons i am so proud to be in uniform.

    He was kind, he was gentle and had a massive heart, lived his life to the fullest and never failed to let his family know that he cherished them. Because he knew what loss truely was.
    Public - Hayden james - Direct descendant - 2 October 2017

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 220 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      29 August 2014 AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Sinclair, D. (1954). 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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02 October 2017Hayden jamesPalmerston north New ZealandDirect descendant
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