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William George Downs

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William George AWMM
  • Surname
    Downs AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    76280 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 P.O. Box 45, Waverley, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.M. Downs (wife), C/o F.W. Abbot, Ngarua, Waitoa, 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
    76280 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 Labourer/Civilian 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 Elsie; father of Ken, Fred, Colin, Ian, Douglas, Barbara. AWMM
    • I understand I am a cousin of Eric Ralph Edmunds. My mother, Elizabeth Tweedie, emigrated to NZ at the age of 18 yrs with her parents. A few years later she and only some of the family returned to the UK. My Mum later married David Brown and had six children. In 1944 she gave birth to twins. One she named Eric Edmunds Brown. The other Ralph David Brown. Sadly, Eric died only a few weeks old. She clearly had some connection to NZ as I remember her singing Maori songs but she died when I about 16 years old so, as a self interested teenager, I never had the opportunity to learn about her life and especially her time in NZ. Public - Ralph - Other Relative - 27 August 2015 - Register House, Edinburgh.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 February 2009 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
    WhakataneEastern Bay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    89 Public - Barbara - Child - 20 April 2015 - Family knowledge
  • Place of death
    Gisborne, New Zealand Public - Barbara - Child - 20 April 2015 - Family knowledge
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hillcrest Cemetery, Whakatane-Ohope Road, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Services Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 March 2009 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 8 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1942 to 30th June, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 8: WW2 13 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 March 2009 AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
27 August 2015RalphWest Lothian, ScotlandOther Relative
20 April 2015Barbara Springdale New Zealand Child

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