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William John Richard Townsend

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Townsend AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    583537 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 May 1907 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 23 Halston Road, Balmoral, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.M. Townsend (wife), 23 Halston Road, Balmoral, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 22 November 1942 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
    • Solomon Islands Campaign AWMM
    • New Caledonia AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    583537 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
    Age 35 AWMM
    Harware buyer/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Auckland War Memorial Museum holds a canvas pouch with a dome fastening that once belonged to Townsend and papers are held by the library relating to him. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    1975 AWMM
    Age 68 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Items from the Collections were exhibited in the Auckland War Memorial Museum online War in Paradise, picture gallery from 2009
    http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/983/picture-gallery
    Further Reference
  • 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
      WW2 9: WW2 401 AWMM
    • Papers relating to World War II serviceman William John Richard Townsend, 1942 - 1944. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/78. AWMM

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