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Philip Collinson

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Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Philip AWMM
  • Surname
    Collinson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    414467 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Jewish AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 15 Ronaki Road, Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    15 Ronaki Road, Mission Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Italy AWMM
    • Monte Cassino AWMM
    • Trieste AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    414467 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
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Factory manager/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Jack Collinson and Gertrude (nee Pitof), known as Gerty, Collinson.

    Philip was born in Leeds and came to New Zealand in 1924 at the age of 11 with his mother and three younger sisters, following his father who had immigrated the previous year. His sister Norah married David Simeon Singer, Rose married Allan David Copeland in 1938, and Esther married Frank Albert Pezaro in 1939. Philip's younger brother Harold was born in New Zealand.

    Philip married Miriam (nee Fisher) known by friends and family as Midge. They had 3 children: Anna, and twin boys Graeme and David.

    Philip's father Jack Collinson opened shops throughout New Zealand making made to measure men's suits. The shops were named “Prices the Taylor” and the company was J. Collinson Ltd. Philip followed his father's footsteps by working at J. Collinson Ltd. In the 1950s Philip closed the shops to start a new venture, The Yorkshire Woollen Company. The business imported cloth for suits and coats. Phil closed the business in 1993 at the age of 81 years. His son David took over the company name of J. Collinson Ltd for his own clothing import business.

    Philip loved fishing trout and also loved the sea; the family had a holiday house in Manly, North of Auckland where they spent wonderful summers.

    Philip loved nature and bought a farm in Mangere, Abbeville.

    Philip restored and built beautiful gardens and he won several Garden Prizes. He was the instigator for the building of Eden Gardens situated by Mt Eden, and also the Laura Ferguson Foundation for rehabilitation.

    New Zealand Jewish Soldiers Project, biographical histories, family visits by Evelyn Jaffe, Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 May 2002 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Hebrew Berm B Row 1, Plot 21 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Roll of Honour, Auckland Jewish Community, WW2, Auckland Hebrew Congregation, 108 Greys Avenue, Auckland AWMM

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  • External links
    Auckland Council. West (Waikumete) burial and cremation records search
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 40 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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