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Joseph Sydney Wilson

Joe Wilson on arriving in Egypt aged about 20 years.

Joe Wilson - Egypt

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Sydney AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Joe AWMM
  • Service number
    32111 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    14 March 1919 Public - Cat - Direct descendant - 21 April 2017 - Birth Certificate
  • Place of birth
    Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Public - Cat - Direct descendant - 21 April 2017 - Birth Certificate
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 88 Forth Street, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Teacher
    Carpenter Public - Cat - Direct descendant - 21 April 2017 - Family knowledge
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W.W. Wilson (father), Blue Spur, Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Single AWMM
    • Married to Mavis Wilson (nee Hancock) Public - Matt - Direct descendant - 25 April 2019 - Family history

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    32111 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Poland 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    Held in Stalag 344 Lamsdorf Public - Allan - Researcher - 21 May 2019 - Imperial Prisoners of WarSection 4 pages 37 and 2
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    24917 Public - Allan - Researcher - 21 May 2019 - Imperial Prisoners of WarSection 4 pages 37 and 2

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 November 2010 AWMM
    Age 91 AWMM
    Three KingsAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Swanson Public Cemetery, Waitakere City, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 29 November 2010 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

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  • Always and forever. Cxx
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  • RIP Grandpa, Odd fellows and clocks, it is the little things hey? LUMUMI Cxxx
    Public - Cat - Direct descendant - 17 April 2016
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  • I don't recall meeting you but I would have liked to. Thank you for helping to bring Nana Sam, Auntie Phil and Auntie Marie into the world. They are such wonderful people. I look forward to researching more about you. Love your great grand-daughter xx
    Public - Phoebe Jane Fay - Direct descendant - 14 April 2016
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  • Joe Wilson, 32111 Engineers , Egypt, Poland, Twice a POW, Swapped Identity with British Flight Lieutenant Jack Lawrence to facilitate his escape back to join the RAF. Almost shot up by a strafing German plane while on a motor bike running messages, lost his hearing when a bomb exploded and he had seconds to jump into an ancient olive tree, saving his life. Worked with the Crete underground, living with a family, saw them taken away to be shot for harbouring him, watched the higher ranked officers leave Crete from Melamie, leaving the Allied troops to fend for themselves. At Age 90 Joe returned to Crete under his own steam with his son and discovered (to his great relief) the family had only been imprisoned. Sadly, the woman of the family had passed away only 6 years earlier. My dad & Jack (whom I have made contact with recently) were heros, sadly by then my dad had passed away.
    Public - Wayne Brian - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
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  • May the best ye've ever seen Be the worst ye'll ever see May a moose ne'er leave ye girnal Wi a tear drap in his e'e May ye keep hale n hearty Till ye'r auld enough tae dee May ye aye be just as happy As I wish ye aye ta be. Love you Granddad
    Public - Matt - Other Relative - 16 April 2015
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  • I miss you Grandpa. Love K, K, K, Katie x
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 520 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 29 November 2010 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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21 May 2019AllanFeildingResearcher
25 April 2019Matt Wellsford New ZealandDirect descendant
17 April 2016CatNew ZealandDirect descendant
14 April 2016Phoebe Jane FayNew ZealandDirect descendant
25 April 2015Wayne BrianWellsford RD5Other Relative

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