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John Adam Wilson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Adam AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 May 1914 AWMM WestportBuller District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    Singapore, Southeast Asia AWMM
    1942 AWMM
    Defence of the Malayan Peninsula following invasion by the Japanese AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded in the leg and admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Singapore AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Judy.

    Mr Wilson first joined the New Zealand Army in 1940 to train as an officer but on finding the 2NZEF complete he volunteered to serve as an officer in the Indian Army.

    Following Japan's invasion of Malaya in December 1941 his Indian unit formed part of the British force there that was defeated and subsequently surrendered at Singapore

    Wounded with his leg in plaster and in hospital he narrowly avoided a massacre of hospital staff and patients by Japanese soldiers after Singapore was captured in 1942.

    Wilson became a prisoner of war and survived 3 1/2 years working on the Thailand/Burma rail link known as the "Death Railway.

    After the war Mr Wilson enjoyed a long and successful law career and was known for his presidency of the New Zealand Red Cross

    Cenotaph database record compiled from information in the Obituary AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 July 2010 AWMM
    Age 96 AWMM
    Hutt ValleyWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 9 October 2010, includes portrait AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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