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Wyvern Wellesley Aristede Roff

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wyvern Wellesley Aristede AWMM
  • Surname
    Roff AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    24755 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 Grahams Road, Takanini, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R.G. Roff AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    24755 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 Driver/Military AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2
    Italy, Europe AWMM
    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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  • An article printed in The Auckland Star on 11 February 1942 reads: 'I've been a guest of old Mussolini for five weeks. All we had to eat in the prison was a drink of coffee without sugar or milk in the morning, a cup and a half of macaroni or rice for dinner, and for tea another drink of coffee with a big biscuit or three ounces of bread. The bread was very nice, but the buscuits were four inches square and full of weevils. We also got two cigarettes a day. These we split and rolled in newspaper in order to make four smokes.

    For Christmas dinner we had a little extra bully beef, ten cigarettes, eight small biscuits, five paper lollies. There was also 10lb sugar, 10lb cheese and 20lb jam to be divided up between 1100 men. We also had 10 gallons of cognac, which was put in the coffee to give everyone a taste. We thought we were having a great meal.

    We had to sleep out in the open with only one blanket to each man. We slept in the wind and rain for two weeks before we were allowed to go out under guard to collect a bit of scrap tin to build a shelter. My mate and I managed to get a good sheet of convas, and we stayed pretty dry after that.

    As the New Year drew near we were not in the best spirits, as we could hear the old guns banging away, but not seeming to get any nearer. New Year's Day was pretty quiet, but in the evening we thought hell had broken loose. The guns were going ninety (sic) to the dozen, and our hopes soared. At 8 o'clock the next morning the Iti guards were giving away cigarettes and cigars to everyone who was near. Then we were told that Bardia had fallen. We just fell out of the compound to meet the Springbooks. ...' AWMM
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Death

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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Star AWMM
      Letter. (1942, February 11). AWMM
    • 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
      p.409 AWMM

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