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Phillip George Tapping

Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 23 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Phillip George AWMM
  • Surname
    Tapping AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 31727 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    b. 1919 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 May 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 May 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Birth notes
    Son of Henry Ernest & Bessie TAPPING Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 May 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 27 Rawiri Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs B. Tapping (mother), 27 Rawiri Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 31727 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Storeman/Civilian AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XVIII-A, Wolfsberg, Austria 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2
      AWMM
  • 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
    Wounded 1941 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Reported wounded and missing in Weekly News; 23 July 1941

    One of 98 Prisoners of War, who escaped Stalag XVIII-D in August 1944. Led by Australian Private Ralph Churches, who planned and carried out one of the biggest and most successful Prisoner of War escapes during World War Two. Churches led 98 Prisoners of War to safely, including 9 New Zealanders. After escaping from the work party with six others, he returned for the rest of his mates - the other ninety. He got them airlifted to safety from behind German lines with the help of different groups of Slovene partisans.

    The Slovene partisans ambushed the German guards who were guarding the POWs work party, who were beginning their work day on a section of railway track near Ozhbalt. Then followed 15 days where the POWs walked 160 miles to freedom, guided by the different groups of Slovene partisans who had an intimate knowledge of the rugged steep forested hills. They were transported from the airfield at Semich to Southern Italy. Safe with Allied Forces. The ordeal is documented in Churches book, 'A hundred miles as the crow flies.' AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    30 October 1980 Public Source
  • Date of death
    30 October 1980 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 January 2017 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
    61yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 January 2017 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 January 2017 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 January 2017 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Block RSA ASH/A ; Plot 593; Warrant # 27990 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 January 2017 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
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  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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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
      WW2 3: WW2 463 AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Churches, R. (2017). A hundred miles as the crow files. The Estate of R.F Churches: Kensington, Vic. AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
07 May 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
09 January 2017Lorraine M Kulwin BOULEVARDResearcher

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