condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

William Harold Bristow

Portrait of William Bristow, 2584 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Harry Janssen 1122-2544. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Portrait of William Bristow, 2584 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Harry Janssen 1122-2544. CC-BY-NC-ND …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Harold AWMM
  • Surname
    Bristow AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 2584 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    7 November 1918 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Wanganui Ave, Herne Bay AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs A. Bristow (mother), Victoria Street, Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›
  • War
  • Campaign
    El Alamein AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 2584 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

Contribute ›
  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›


Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

Contribute ›
  • Capture details
    Crete, Greece AWMM
    Captured by Germans AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 Escaped to coast of Greece with two Australians. POW for 1 month AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Medical, WWII AWMM
    Ear hit by shell blast AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Member of the Pukekohe/Papakura RSA. AWMM


About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    27 December 2019 AWMM
    Age 101 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 31 December 2019 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



Contribute ›
  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember William Harold Bristow by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of William Harold Bristow

Leave a note

Contribute ›
  • I'm writing my History extended essay about New Zealand contributions in the battle of Crete. RIP to Mr Bristow, he truly served honourably.
    Public - Elaine - Researcher - 21 February 2021
  • RIP Poppa Bill. This is the first Anzac without you. Forever gone but always in our hearts ♥️
    Public - Michelle - Other relative - 24 April 2020
  • Dear Bill - I will always cherish the time I knew you and the connection you had to my Uncle Frank in 18 Battlion on Crete. You became a dear friend and our trip to Crete for the 75th Memorial will never be frogotten, nor will you. RIP old soldier. We will remember you.
    Public - jeannie - 24 April 2020



Contribute ›
  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 24 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
      p.13 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Dicksion, M. VIP treatment for Egypt veterans. New Zealand Herald, 10 October 2012, p. A5 includes portrait AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. AWMM


Command item
Command item
Add new record Refresh
DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
21 February 2021ElaineHamilton, New ZealandResearcher
24 April 2020Michelle Perth, WA Australia Other relative
24 April 2020jeannieTaurangaOther

The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.

Creative Commons LicenseOnline Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.