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John Mannix Shinnick

Portrait, Sergeant Shinnick, smiling - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Sergeant Shinnick, smiling - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Mannix AWMM
  • Surname
    Shinnick AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    638217 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 May 1918 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 26 April 1905 AWMM 10 Alexandra Crescent, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C. Shinnick (mother), 110 Alexandra Crescent, Hastings, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    638217 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    2 Months Trentham Camp AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1943 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Spectacles (but didn't use them) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      wounded twice and was admitted to New Zealand Hospitals 1, 2, and 3. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Member of the Taradale RSA. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    12 January 2015 AWMM
    Age 97 AWMM
    NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of death
    12 January 2015 Public - Paul - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Family
  • Age at death
    97 1918-2015 Public - Paul - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Family
  • Place of death
    Napier Public - Paul - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Family
  • Cause of death
    Natural death Public - Paul - Other Relative - 14 April 2015 - Family
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • John (jack) mannix shinnick, was my grandad. He died in January of this year (2015). He wrote an epic account of the battle of cassino. The detailed account in his book Forgotten Front describes the immense struggles and risk to life these men took on daily basis throughout the war. Not only was jack a member of the infantry of the 2nd NZ expeditionary force who took part in the Italian campaign, he was also a loved father and grandfather to us all. We will cherish the time we spent with this special person we call grandad, and will always be truly grateful for what he did for our country during the war.
    Public - Paul - Other Relative - 14 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 175 AWMM
    • Shinnick, J. (1997). Forgotten front : the story of an infantry platoon of the 25th Battalion of the 2nd New Zealand Division of the N.Z. Expeditionary Force in Italy, 1943-1945, and the writer's experiences. Napier, NZ: J.M. Shinnick. AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. AWMM


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14 April 2015PaulChristchurch New Zealand Other Relative

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