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Colin Norman Armstrong

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Identity

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    Colin Norman AWMM
  • Surname
    Armstrong AWMM
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  • Service number
    5091 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 November 1910 AWMM WhanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 12 Wickstead Place, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr N.G. Armstrong (father), 12 Wickstead Place, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mr N.G. Armstrong (father), 12 Wickstead Place, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    5091 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      27 November 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 5, Serravalle, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
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    WW2 1 October 1943 AWMM Escaped from Poland AWMM
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Biographical information

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  • Husband of Alice; father of Miles, Margot and Gay

    2nd In Charge, 22nd Battaltion November 1944 to June 1945

    Maj C. N. Armstrong, MC and bar, ED; Wanganui; born Wanganui, 12 Sep 1910; barrister and solicitor; p.w. 27 Nov 1941; escaped (from Poland) Oct 1943; 2 i/c 22 Bn Nov 1944-Jun 1945. (Source: Henderson, J. 22 Battalion. p.4.)

    Maj C. N. Armstrong, MC and bar, ED; Wanganui; born Wanganui, 12 Sep 1910; barrister and solicitor; p.w. 23 Nov 1941; escaped Poland, Oct 1943; 2 i/c 22 Bn Nov 1944–Jun 1945. (Source: McClymont, W.G. To Greece. p.261.)

    'There were sixty or seventy New Zealanders in one or other of the forts of Stalag XXA at Thorn, in Poland, until the camp was removed from the path of the Russian advance. Prisoners frequently went to Stalag XXA after completing a sentence at Graudenz military prison. The surrounding Arbeitskommandos employed prisoners mostly on farms, but also on forestry work, on the roads and in factories. The stalag was one of the oldest established camps and was very efficiently run. Its escape organisation had been responsible for the first escape of a New Zealand officer from Germany.
    He had been recaptured after a previous attempt from Stalag XVIIIA/Z at Spittal-on-the-Drau only a fortnight earlier. On his transfer to Stalag XXA he and another British officer were given priority to escape, civilian clothes were arranged for them, and they were smuggled out as other ranks on 9 October 1943 to a working party at a rabbit farm. From there they and two other ranks were driven in a lorry to Bromberg, where a Polish factory manager put them up for the night and arranged their onward journey. They travelled by a closed van to Danzig and were each escorted by a Polish helper to a safe house in Gdynia. There they were smuggled onto a Swedish ship while she was loading coal. When she reached Sweden on 20 October they were handed over to the police, and were later looked after by the British Consul at Stockholm.' (Source: Mason, W.W. Prisoners of War. p. 291.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    25 October 2004 AWMM
    Age 94 AWMM
    TaupoWaikato AWMM
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  • Was this the same Captain Colin Norman Armstrong that was involved with Tommy Macphearson? The Scotsman who bluffed his way into having 23,000 Germans surrender to him?
    Public - Ben - Researcher - 17 December 2016
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Sources

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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 10 AWMM
    • 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 4 AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.4, 9, 15, 21, 70–1, 73–4, 113, 116, 341, 367, 417, 419. AWMM
    • Mason, W.W. (1954) Prisoners of war. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.210, 291, 391. AWMM
    • McClymont, W. (1959). To Greece. Wellington, N.Z.: Department Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.261, 291, 389. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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