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John George Simpson


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John George AWMM
  • Surname
    Simpson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Johnny AWMM
  • Service number
    436213 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Point England Road, Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.M. Simpson (mother), 4 St James's Square, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    436213 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Lifter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Iris; father of Peter, Jan, Trish, Bryan

    Johnny Simpson played rugby for army teams in Egypt and Italy and was selected for the famous Kiwi Forces rugby team of 1945-46 that toured Britain just after World War 2.

    Selected for the All Blacks as a prop forward he toured Australia in 1947 and South Africa in 1949. In South Africa he played in 17 of the 24 tour games including the four tests. All the tests were lost.

    Johnny Simpson was known as a prop of immense strength and a fast runner on the rugby field. His nickname was "Iron Man".

    After retiring from rugby he continued his association with the game and was assistant coach with the Auckland teams during the great Ranfurly Shield reign of the early 1960s. In later years he was a President of Bowls NZ. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 November 2010 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 19 November 2010

    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 27 November 2010 includes portrait in rugby uniform AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 89 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: 19 November 2010 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: 27 November 2010 includes portrait in rugby uniform AWMM

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