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Stanley Vincent Gilchrist

Headstone of Sgt Stanley Vincent GILCHRIST 217190. Greenpark RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Block 1A308. Image kindly provided by Allan Steel CC-BY 4.0.

Headstone of Sgt Stanley Vincent GILCHRIST 217190. Greenpark RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council, Blo …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stanley Vincent AWMM
  • Surname
    Gilchrist AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    217190 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 May 1921 AWMM WaikouaitiOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Waikouaiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs V.A. Gilchrist (mother), Aberdeen Street, Waikouaiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    217190 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    20 September 1945 AWMM
    Military Medal awarded in 1946. The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Gilchrist, Stanley Vincent. (Ref. WO 373/13/686). AWMM

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 on 12 April 1945 AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Joan and Annette; father of Roger, Joanne, Peter and Noel

    Sergeant S. V. Gilchrist, MM; Dunedin; born Waikouaiti, 22 May 1921; grocer's assistant; wounded 12 Apr 1945. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.441.)

    'One of the A Squadron tanks approached the subway but was knocked out by a direct hit. This showed only too clearly that a Tiger tank was covering this route through the embankment. About the same time, Lance-Sergeant O. L. Howat, who had been, with Sergeant McIndoe, one of the principal leaders in the series of short charges on Spandau and other posts, was wounded. Private ‘Groppi’ Gilchrist raced to his assistance and, despite a second burst of fire which cut Gilchrist's jacket in several places and wounded Howat again, he finished bandaging the wounded man and then coolly carried him to safety. Private Dave White, one of the most popular men in his platoon, was fatally wounded at this juncture. His wounds were dressed under fire by Private Johnnie Mayo. On this and other occasions, both Mayo and Gilchrist displayed the complete disregard for danger and self which many men, especially stretcher-bearers, whose names have not been recorded, showed when comrades were wounded.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p. 441.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 2 November 2007 AWMM
      Age 86 AWMM
      DunedinOtago AWMM
    • 2 November 2007 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
      Age 86 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Greenpark RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 1A, Plot 308 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 November 2007 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 149 AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.441. AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM

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