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Desmond John Woods



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Desmond John AWMM
  • Surname
    Woods AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Des AWMM
  • Service number
    41990 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 January 1917 AWMM WaihiWaihi AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM 8 Boston Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 1955 AWMM Unknown AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mary Woods (mother), 8 Boston Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded by shellfire April 1945 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The opportunity to study at Otago Medical School was offered to returned servicemen by the New Zealand government

    Husband of Frances and father of five children

    Awarded CBE in 1985 or his services to the health of New Zealand's children

    Portrait in NZMJ. Obit records death as 26 and cemetery record as 27 December 2008 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    27 December 2008 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM Central Division Mixed Section 4 Row B Plot 9 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, December 2008

    Obituary: New Zealand Medical Journal, 13-February-2009, Vol 122 No 1289 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • A courageous man who worked tirelessly to make others lives better.
    Public - Joan Frances - Child - 18 April 2015



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