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Ernest William Knill

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708) - This image may be subject to copyright

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708) - This image may be subject to copyri …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest William AWMM
  • Surname
    Knill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Ernie AWMM
    • Earnest AWMM
  • Service number
    47723 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 1 Shaddock Street, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J. Knill (wife), 5 Ruru Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 August 1941 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    47723 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 Storeman/Civilian AWMM
    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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Father of Dennis, Maureen.

    The following may also be of interest: Mr Utanga (2NZEF) 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. Ernest Knill is one of those who signed the case.



    There is also a diary 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
    17 May 2009 AWMM
    Gold CoastQueensland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 19 May 2009 AWMM
  • 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
    • Cooke, P. (2001). Defending New Zealand: ramparts on the sea 1840-1950s. Wellington, N.Z.: Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • 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
      WW2 5: WW2 119 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 19 May 2009 AWMM
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