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John Borrie

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Portrait of Lieutenant John Borrie, of Dunedin, published in the Auckland Weekly News, 11 June 1941. Image kindly provided by  Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19410611-30-47. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant John Borrie, of Dunedin, published in the Auckland Weekly News, 11 June 1941. …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Borrie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 37751 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 January 1915 AWMM Port ChalmersDunedin AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM C/o Public Hospital, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Dr William Harvey Borrie (father), 226 High Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 37751 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Medical practitioner AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Greece AWMM
      1 April 1941 AWMM
      Greece AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-E, Silesia, modern day Świętoszów, Poland AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Poland AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Greece, Europe 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.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1946 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 23912 AWMM

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 Helen; father of Michael, Philip and Louise

    Bachelor of Medicine

    Master of Chemistry

    Bachelor of Chemistry

    Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

    Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons

    Borrie recieved an MBE in 1943 for services as a Prisoner of War, he worked in prison hospitals in Greece, Upper Silesia and at Lamsdorf during his captivity. Post war he worked in various hospitals in the UK, returning to New Zealand he specialised in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and was a professor at Otago University, and founded the Southern Regional Thoratic Surgical Unit in Dunedin. He published a biography about his experiences called Despite Capitivity in 1975. (Sutherland, p. 57). AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 August 2006 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Dunedin crematorium, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 August 2006 AWMM
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • John Borrie was the medical officer at E3, the work camp attached to Lamsdorf POW camp in WWII. My uncle, Trevor Roberts, who was incarcerated in E3, speaks warmly of him on several occasions in his two books of memories, which we are in the process of combining for publication.
    Public - Lois - Researcher - 24 February 2020
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  • Huge gratitude to John Borrie for writing about his time as a prisoner of war. His book has given me much insight into what my father may have experienced. A British R.A.M.C. medical orderly, he was also captured in Greece and travelled to Stalag 8B at close to the same time after some months working in the POW hospital at Kokkinia.
    Public - Marion Jane - 10 January 2020
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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. 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 47 AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
      Taylor, A. (1998). p. 173 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 2 August 2006 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
    • Sutherland, J. (2017). New Zealand Gallantry Awards, 1940-1975. Opawa, Christchurch: Regal Books AWMM

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05 May 2023Pamela Wellington, NZResearcher
24 February 2020LoisManchester, UKResearcher
10 January 2020Marion JaneAyr ScotlandOther

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