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Donald Walter Rowsell

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Portrait Studio photograph, Whangarei c.1940 (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Walter AWMM
  • Surname
    Rowsell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    12119 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 January 1915 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 February 1940 AWMM 67 Maunu Rd, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Flora Rowsell (mother) 67 Maunu Rd, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 5 February 1940 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Mill hand/Civilian AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 66 Capu, Italy AWMM
      13 December 1941 AWMM
      North Africa AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 52, Chiavari, Italy AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 47 Modena, Italy AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 24 April 1943 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of disease AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Brothers Donald Rowsell (12119), Frank Rowsell (11236) and Deryck Rowsell (437068) all saw active service in WW2

      Transit in Bombay India, on the way to Port Tewfik Egypt

      Probably serving with the 18th Australian Infantry Brigade in or about Tobruk when he was captured and taken POW

      Sufferered ill health as a result of his time in the Camps and was repatriated to New Zealand then discharged as medically unfit

      Returned to NZ on HS Oranje AWMM
    • The third brother was Frank not Frances Public - Lynnette Mary - Child - 18 April 2015 - I am his niece!
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1991 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Maunu Cemetery, Cemetery Road off State Highway 14, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Poppa, your grandchildren and great grandchildren speak of you often. Your photo and medals are still in pride of place in our lounge. The great grandchildren often look at your medals. It is heartwarming to see the schools showing such respect for our servicemen. This year Jeanne has taken the miniatures to Marty 's and Fionn is going to wear them today Anzac Day. I hope you are smiling down on them.
    Mark's boys love fishing and you would enjoy watching them sitting down at the river in Waipu with their rods trying to catch yellow eyes and Wendy's boys had the exciting experience of being taken out fishing off Uretiti and caught snapper and cod. Jeanne, Ray and I went to Pateau at Easter to see the Yendell girls it was a great day reminiscing. Much love all the families - Gladys
    Public - Gladys - Other relative - 25 April 2018
  • Poppa, your grandchildren and great grandchildren speak of you often. Your photo and medals are still in pride of place in our lounge. The great grandchildren often look at your medals. It is heartwarming to see the schools showing such respect for our servicemen. This year Jeanne has taken the miniatures to Marty 's and Fionn is going to wear them today Anzac Day. I hope you are smiling down on them.
    Mark's boys love fishing and you would enjoy watching them sitting down at the river in Waipu with their rods trying to catch yellow eyes and Wendy's boys had the exciting experience of being taken out fishing off Uretiti and caught snapper and cod. Jeanne, Ray and I went to Pateau at Easter to see the Yendell girls it was a great day reminiscing. Much love all the families - Gladys
    Public - Gladys - Other relative - 25 April 2018
  • Pop, I am proud to be your grandson and often wonder how serving our country shaped you. I know you're watching me and hope I am making you proud. I am doing my best to make sure my family remembers yours and others contribution. Love you mate... Marty
    Public - Martin Donald - Other Relative - 20 April 2015
  • Dad. Think of you often. Especially round this time of year and when your granddaughter and great granddaughter are building things in the backyard. You would be proud, and have advice, no doubt.
    Public - Lynnette Mary - Child - 18 April 2015
  • Miss you so much Poppa but so pleased that I am able to share your story with my boys. Your memory will live on forever.
    Public - Wendy - Other Relative - 17 April 2015
  • My dear Dad, love you forever. Will visit you on 25th. Thinking of you always. xxxxx
    Public - Jeanne - Child - 17 April 2015
  • Celebrated the 100th anniversary of your birth with family and friends on 19 January 2015. All remembered you. Your great grandchildren all enjoy looking at your photo and medals. You will be with us always.
    Public - Ray - Child - 17 April 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    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 414 AWMM

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25 April 2018GladysRuakakaOther relative
20 April 2015Martin DonaldCoolum BeachOther Relative
18 April 2015Lynnette MaryOtaki, New ZealandChild
17 April 2015WendyAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative
17 April 2015JeanneRuakaka, New ZealandChild
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