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William Henry Fagan



  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Fagan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 9128 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 November 1911 BDM, deaths
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 4 Leslies Road, Hornby, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr W.H. Fagan, Springburn, Mid-Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 9128 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Greece, Europe List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XVIII-A, Wolfsberg, Austria 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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 4793 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    1977 BDM, deaths
    Age 69 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Bill Fagan was my father. He returned from the war with a bride (my mother) Mamie Fagan and two step daughters Eileen & Freda. My brother was born in 1947 and I followed in 1948. My dad was a kind and gentle soul, and would give the shirt of his back to anyone who needed it. My nephew Stephen is correct in that he didn't like to talk of his experience in the war or POW camp, but occasionally he would share the odd little bit, like some German words and telling us about peeling potatoes for the guards who got to eat the potatoes and the prisoners getting the peelings. When I was about 5 Dad was in a shearing gang and I so remember being with him in the shed when he made me my own pair of sack moccasins using the big curved bag needle to sew them up with. In his day he was a very good cyclist and rugby player, and could play any instrument you handed him. On the piano he played mainly the
    Public - Brenda - Child - 20 August 2016
  • William 'Bill' Fagan was my grandad, thanks to him bringing a wife and two step-daughters back from Edinburgh, Scotland at the end of the war. He was a wonderful man, caring, kind and generous, and politely spoken. He was not much for marching on ANZAC Day that I can recall, but maintained membership of the ex-POW organisation until he died. The only time I remember him mentioning his war experience, was at a family wedding in Dunedin, with another old soldier in the family. He worked outside, on farms, shearing, with the MOW and later in the public gardens in Ashburton. I remember he hated to see any food wasted, and would eat it rather than see it thrown out. That legacy of years in a POW camp I believe, caught up with him in the end, and he died at the relatively young age of 66.
    Public - Stephen - Other Relative - 26 May 2015



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  • 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 56 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


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20 August 2016BrendaChristchurchChild
26 May 2015StephenNapier, New ZealandOther Relative

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