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Paddy Costello

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  • Service number
    943 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • D. P. Costello AWMM
    • Desmond Patrick Costello AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Paddy AWMM
  • Surname
    Costello AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • D. P. Costello AWMM
    • Desmond Patrick Costello AWMM
  • Service number
    943 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 January 1912 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Care of John Prendergast, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs D.P. Costello (wife), 9 Longbrook Terrace, Exeter, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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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 Teacher/Civilian AWMM
    LondonEngland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Heart Attack AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Husband of Bella nee Lerner AWMM
    • A brave soldier but with left-wing leaning communist views. Believed to be a Soviet spy in the Cold War years. Public - J H - 13 October 2017 - See bibliography below

Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 February 1964 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
    Age 52 AWMM
    ManchesterEngland 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Roll of Honour

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  • Paddy, You Passed away when I was very young. My Father, your brother Phil spoke very highly of you as did the rest of the family. I do not believe the Spy stories. Media hype and sensationalism at it's worst.
    May you rest in peace.
    Public - Christopher John - Direct descendant - 11 June 2021
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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 100 AWMM
    • Ell, S. (2008). A New Zealand Christmas: three centuries of Kiwi Christmas celebrations from the Alexander Turnbull Library. Auckland, N.Z.: Godwit. AWMM
      Ell, S. (2008). p. 168-169 Christmas card sent by Paddy Costello then of the New Zealand Legation, Paris AWMM
    • McNeish, J. (2007). The Sixth man. Auckland, N.Z.: Vintage New Zealand. AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM

Contributors

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
11 June 2021Christopher JohnKelsoDirect descendant
13 October 2017J HQueenslandOther

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