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William Albert Smeith

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Portrait, copied from a professional photograph (kindly provided by W Smeith's daughter) - This image may be subject to copyright

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Albert AWMM
  • Surname
    Smeith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 46284 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 February 1917 AWMM ShannonManawatu AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 29 March 1941 AWMM 122 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W. Smeith (father), 122 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 September 1941 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Posted missing 22 July 1942; confirmed POW 6 October 1942 AWMM
    • WW2
      14 January 1943 AWMM
    • WW2
      10 February 1943 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VII-A, Moosburg, Germany AWMM
      15 March 1944 AWMM
      Transferred AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag IV-F/B, Hartmandorf, Germany AWMM
      17 May 1944 AWMM
    • WW2
      22 July 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag IV-F/B, Hartmandorf, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - PG 107, Torviscosa, Udine, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 Safe in UK 25 April 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    275053 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 4.75 inches AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Susie; father of Jill, Hilda, Rylla, Eric, Rod.

    King's Empire Veteran (KEV).

    Possible discrepancy with the Death Notice, the History Sheet does not record service with 25 Battalion, A Company. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    22 December 2009 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
    RotoruaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Roll of Honour

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Leave a tribute or memory of William Albert Smeith

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  • We all miss you heaps Dad and Granddad. You were so kind and caring, and always wanting to know if we were doing okay and taking care of ourselves and our children, your grandchildren who were so proud of you. I always think of you whenever the Hymn "When We Walk With The Lord" is sung as it was one of your favorites. Will never forget it from the red Alexander's Hymns No. 3 Book, song 53 we had in Murupara. We wore our poppy with pride today Dad, thinking of you. Love and miss you. Ryll
    Public - Rylla Jane - Child - 25 April 2015
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  • So proud of our treasured Dad and Granddad. His courage and commitment have been an example to us all. When the Roll is called up yonder we'll be there! See you then Dad. Love and miss you!
    Public - Aileen Jill - Child - 25 April 2015
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 194 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

Contributors

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2015Rylla Jane Wellington New ZealandChild
25 April 2015Aileen Jill Huntly, NZChild

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