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Allan Joseph Salamonson

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Allan Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Salamonson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 46096 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
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    S. Salamonson (father), Charles Street, Westshore, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 46096 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
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Storeman/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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Allan Salamonson was the son of Sam and Annie Salamonson, of Charles St., West Shore, Napier, New Zealand. AWMM
    • He was one five children of Annie and Samson Salamonson.
      Allan Joseph Salamonson was my great Uncle and I had never met him. I had been told several stories about him and his war effort. He a tall solid built man and her was white feathered at when he was only 15. He was happy to do his bit and had several mates who had enrolled but he couldn't because he wasn't of age. However the continuous harassment made him apply lying about his date of birth. He enjoyed the training and couldn't wait to head overseas. He finally got his call up. But it was nothing like he imagined, the smell, the stench and uncomfortable conditions wore them down fear played on their minds and waiting in the dark for the next move. The First Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October, was another Allied attempt to gain ground around Passchendaele. Heavy rain and mud again made movement difficult and little artillery could be brought closer to the front. Allied troops were exhausted and morale had fallen. After a modest British advance, German counter-attacks recovered most of the ground lost opposite Passchendaele. There were 13,000 Allied casualties, including 2,735 New Zealanders, 845 of whom had been killed or lay wounded and stranded, in the mud of no-man's-land. Allan Joseph Salamonson was one of the wounded but was carried by stretcher and later died in hospital of his wounds received in battle he was just 17 years of age. In lives lost in a day, this was the worst day in New Zealand history. Because of his and his fellow troops sacrifices and dedication, today we enjoy countless freedoms and a safer place.
      I'm proud of my great Uncle and his medals he received. I have seen pictures of them.
      We will remember them. Public - Kim - Other Relative - 11 February 2015 - Oral history told to me by my late grandfather and published in our family history booklet.
    • Allan Joseph Salamonson Born 11th May 1898. Public - Stephen - Other Relative - 23 April 2015 - Date of Birth obtained from the handwritten record of his mother Annie in a Family Bible given to her on her Marriage on 13th February 1897 by her Parents Jens and Amalia Andersen.
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About death

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  • Death
    15 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne, France AWMM VIII. I. 57. AWMM
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  • Great Uncle Allan I have replicas of you medals and a photograph of you in uniform. I'm proud of what you did for the country. I proudly wears these each ANZAC day. Gone but never forgotten. Remembering your sacrifice on the during the Battle of Passchendaele one of 2735 New Zealanders who did likewise. Your Grand Nephew. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. poem by Lawrence Binyon Sums it all up.
    Public - Kim - Direct descendant - 25 January 2016
  • You will always be remembered. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service. We will always love you.
    Public - Brenda - Other Relative - 26 May 2015
  • You are never forgotten! Your medals are a constant reminder of your sacrifice. I treasure them every time I look at them forever.
  • Uncle Allan, Remembering your sacrifice on the during the Battle of Passchendaele one of 2735 New Zealanders who did likewise. Your Grand Nephew.
    Public - Stephen - Other Relative - 23 April 2015
  • You are a hero that shed your blood and lost your life for you country and your fellow men. You are now living in the soil of a friendly country therefore rest in peace. . After having lost their lives on this land they have become sons of their new homeland and resting place as well. We will remember them.
    Public - Kim - Other Relative - 11 February 2015



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25 January 2016KimHastings, New ZealandDirect descendant
26 May 2015BrendaRoseville, CA, USAOther Relative
23 April 2015StephenAustraliaOther Relative
11 February 2015KimHastings, New ZealandOther Relative
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