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Desmond John Woods

Married to Frances Pardon Sherwood in Cambridge 1945.

Des on his wedding day.

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  • 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 WaihiNew Zealand 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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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 387 AWMM
    • Cox, G.S. (1947). The road to Trieste. London, England: William Heinemann. AWMM
      Cox, G.S. (1947). p. 114 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: December 2008 AWMM
    • New Zealand Medical Journal AWMM
      Obituary: 13-February-2009, Vol 122 No 1289 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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22 April 2020Joan Frances AucklandChild
18 April 2015Joan FrancesAuckland Child

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