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Harry Clifton Poole



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry Clifton AWMM
  • Surname
    Poole AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Clif AWMM
  • Service number
    8283 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 December 1917 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
    Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 181 Crinan Street, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.M. Poole (mother), 181 Crinan Street, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8283 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    26 March 1942 AWMM
    MM. 1944. The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Poole, Henry Clifton. (Ref. WO 373/61/726). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    Crete, Greece AWMM
    1 May 1941 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 Escaped, listed safe in Egypt 1941 AWMM
  • 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 Betty; father of Judy, David, Ronda, Pam

    Served with a Signals Platoon in Crete.

    Escaped from POW detention and arrived safe in Egypt, August 1941

    2 Lt H. C. Poole, MM; Ripponvale, Cromwell; born Invercargill, 16 Dec 1917; grocer; p.w. May 1941; escaped; safe in Egypt, Aug 1941. (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.127.)

    'Members of the signals platoon, in the absence of equipment, helped to maintain communications by runner. When 10 Brigade was formed under Colonel Kippenberger's command, some of the platoon were attached to the new unit. As wire and 'phones were in short supply, most messages had to be sent by motor-cyclists or runners. On 20 May the signallers maintained the exchange although all lines had received a thorough pounding from the air. About 4 p.m. a Greek officer with an interpreter came in with the news that their battalion, which had been holding the line in front of the exchange, had been forced to withdraw. Shortly afterwards two enemy fight machine guns opened up but about 5 p.m. the Divisional Cavalry came up and drove the enemy back. Maintaining the exchange at this stage was of vital importance, and for his coolness in doing so and for repeatedly repairing lines under fire Private Poole was awarded the Military Medal.' (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 127.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 July 2010 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
    TaurangaTauranga AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Pyes Pa Memorial Park, Cemetery, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 July 2010 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 145 AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.127. AWMM