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Louis Edward Thorburn

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Portrait of Louis Edward Thorburn. Image kindly provided by family. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Louis Edward Thorburn. Image kindly provided by family. Image may be subject to copyrigh …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Louis Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Thorburn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    434622 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 January 1922 Cenotaph Data Entry Form WhangareiNorthland Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Railway Settlement, Waitotara AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Dorothy and Andrew Thorburn, Railway Settlement, Waitotara AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    434622 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 1941 AWMM
    Age 19 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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  • Husband of Eva; father of John, Jan, Robyn, Colleen

    Raised in the small rural town of Waitotara, enlisted and fought in Italy as part of the 2NZEF. With the 22nd Battalion, he participated in the battles of Cassino, Senio, Trieste and in the advance to Florence. (Source: Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    After discharge, he returned to Waitotara. He subsequently worked at the post office in Awakino, Piopio. (Source: Cenotaph Data Entry Form) AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 May 2008 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
    Te KuitiWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 May 2008 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 128 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 May 2008 AWMM
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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