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John Chrystie Wells

New Lynn RSA exterior, 2 Veronica Street, New Lynn 0600. Image kindly provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin

New Lynn RSA exterior, 2 Veronica Street, New Lynn 0600. Image kindly provided by John Halpin 2017, …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Chrystie AWMM
  • Surname
    Wells AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack Wells AWMM
  • Service number
    31602 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 November 1915 AWMM TimaruCanterbury AWMM
    Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 March 1940 AWMM Totara Avenue, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Annie Maud Wells (mother), Totara Avenue, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 28 March 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Quantity Surveyor/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      2GH - 8.01.1943 - 30.01.1943 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      27.02.1943 - 10.03.1943 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Departed Suva 11 January 1941 on Aorangi, arriving Auckland 14 January 1941.

    Embarked Wellington 1 February 1941 on Nieuw Amsterdam (ship) from Wellington bound for Bombay,arrived 22 February 1941 -at Deolali 24 February to 11 March 1941; then departed on 12 March 1941 on Empress of Australia to Suez. Arrived Suez 22 March 1941.

    Departed Alexandria 18 November 1943 on 'Staffordshire'. Arrived Taranto 22 November 1943. Departed Taranto 23 October 1944 on 'Duchess '. Arrived Port Said 27 October 1944 on 'Bedford'. Departed Suez 23 November 1944 on 'Rauahi' Arrived Bombay 4 December 1944 staying at Kalyan Transit Camp'. Departed Bombay 16 December 1944 on 'General John Pope'. Arrived Wellington 3 January 1945.

    Standards of travel varied considerably, in the case of the travel to and from Fiji, it was of 3rd class standard. In the 'Rauahi' they had four meals a day but on the 'General John Pope' the servicemen had only two meals a day.

    Joined Army Pay Corps from 27 August 1944. AWMM
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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



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  • Memorial name
    New Lynn RSA, 2 Veronica Street, New Lynn 0600 AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • 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.505 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171) AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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