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William George Richard Herron

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of the Parnell RSA - This image may be subject to copyright

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William George Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Herron AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Nookie AWMM
  • Service number
    47495 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Ihaia Road, Dairy Company, Hawera AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Herron (mother), The Drive, Tawa Flat, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    47495 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Cheese maker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Signature on the guitar case belonging to Tuaine Utanga (47708). Utanga took a guitar with him on active service, on the guitar's canvas case there are over 200 signatures of fellow New Zealand soldiers who served with the 30 Battalion and the 24 Battalion between 1941 and 1945. There is also a list on the case of dates and places that suggest that the guitar was taken to the following destinations:

    'No. 3 Platoon Vickers MM Guns

    Trentham July 5th 1941

    Samambula Fiji August 21 1941

    Namaka Fiji September 18 1941

    Momi Bay 2 January 1944

    Cuvu (Thoovoo) 20 January 1944

    33 Mile Peg 24 January 1944

    SS President Monroe Noumea 7 December 1942

    Lambin New Caledonia 12 December 1942

    Koumac New Caledonia 17 December 1942

    New Hebrides 28 August 1943

    Guadalcanal 27 August 1943

    Vella Lavella 25 September 1943

    Green Island 31 January 1944-15 February 1944

    Nepoui New Caledonia 5 June 1944

    Noumea Staging 9 August 1944

    Papakura New Zealand 17 July 1944

    Niue Island 7 September 1944

    Rarotonga 11 September 1944

    Auckland New Zealand 19 October 1944

    Hobart Tasmania 9 January 1945

    Maadi Egypt 30 January 1945

    Advance Base Taranto 5 March 1945

    ? Senica 12 March 1945

    San Severino 13 March 1945.' AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • 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

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.96 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.181 AWMM

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