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Stuart Frederick Webb

Stuart Webb in uniform and his wife Olive - This image may be subject to copyright

Stuart Webb in uniform and his wife Olive - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stuart Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Webb AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Spider AWMM
  • Service number
    516717 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 October 1910 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Olive Hazel Webb (wife) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1942 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 07 Aug 1942-9 February 1943 Guadalcanal AWMM
    • Vella Lavella AWMM
    • Nissan Island AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    516717 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorial Force Artillery AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Infantry Training, Wairarapa AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1942 AWMM
    Age 31 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
    Gravely infected poisoned right hand, sustained on Nissan Island AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 27 February 1945 AWMM Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mr Webb was hospitalised in the US Army hospital in Noumea, New Caledonia while on active service in the Pacific.

    Mr Webb writes: "The Vella La Vella campaign was the most severe and difficult. It was here that the unit took heavy casualties. The Jungle was impenetrable. The climate was hot, humid and wet and the Japanese occupying forces were well fortified and prepared.

    The landing was opposed by Japanese air attacks which were counteracted by the RNZAF. The camp conditions on Vella La Vella were cramped with plagues of jungle rats and land crabs. Salt water crocodiles were ever present in the river and lagoon, and I shot one and cured the skin but the heat and humidity destoyed it.

    As an infantryman there were quiet times during which I hand-made mementoes from the fuselage of downed Japanese aircraft.

    After landing at Nissan Island we had to dig into fox holes in the coral. It was like digging in cement with a spade. This caused an open wound in my left hand which quickly became badly infected and swollen to a size that it was deemed necessary to have it amputated at the NZ Field hospital. I was evacuated to a US Army Hospital in Noumea where I was treated with generous doses of penicillan which finally cured it. After this I was sent back to New Zealand for later discharge."

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 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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  • External links
  • References
    • 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.418 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM

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