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Edward Bennis Paterson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward Bennis AWMM
  • Surname
    Paterson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Scotch AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 468041 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 June 1911 AWMM EdinburghScotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Tupoki Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs K.P. Paterson (wife), Tupoki Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Italy AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 468041 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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
    Bullet wound on patrol, Italy, 9 August 1944 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Kathleen Patricia (nee Boscawan) (died 1992) for 60 years

    Immigrated from Scotland with his parents at the age of 10 (1921)

    King's Preparatory School, 1922-1923

    His Auckland University studies, prior to WW2; were interrupted by the Great Depression

    Served as a Presbyterian missionary during the Depression

    Owned and operated the Taranaki franchise for Frigidaire prior to WW2. Built New Zealand's first air conditioning plant in Hawera cheese factory in 1937

    Past President, New Zealand Institute of Measurement and Control (Fellow and Life Member)

    Contributor to New Zealand Engineering News into his eighties.

    Author of Cassino to Trieste : A Soldier's Story:

    Lived from 1983 on Waiheke Island where he busked with his banjo-ukelele to raise fund for the Waiheke Kindergarten

    Completed a B.A. in Philosophy at Victoria University in 1997, aged 84


    Said to be a man who approached life with the question "why not?" rather than "why?" AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 July 2006 AWMM
    Age 95 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 24 July 2006

    Obituary: Gulf News, Waiheke Island, 27 July 12006 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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