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Bruce John Williams


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bruce John AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3596 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 June 1905 AWMM Australia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 4 Kingsway Avenue, Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Helen Williams (wife), 4 Kingsway Avenue, Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    3596 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Williams, Bruce John. (Ref. WO 373/14/235). Military Cross. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Hotel worker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

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  • Capt B. J. Williams, MC; Auckland; born Aust., 6 Jun 1905; hotel proprietor. (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p.679.)

    'The bridging train, in this case the attached Ammunition Company platoon (Captain Williams), left Granarolo at a time which brought it near its unloading point at the appointed hour. It is of course axiomatic that when there are a number of bridges to be built simultaneously there must be the most rigid control of traffic circuits. No vehicles of any description were permitted between the assembly area for bridging trucks and the site of the bridge until the sapper officer in charge advised that he no longer needed unhindered use of approach roads. It further follows that crossroads within artillery range are natural targets. Defensive fire from the direction of Cotignola, east of the New Zealand sector, upon the Agrippano crossroads set one truck on fire and ditched a second so that traffic in any direction was completely blocked.
    Efforts to winch the ditched vehicle out had to be abandoned and a dozer was used to push the obstruction out of the way. Captain Williams's coolness in standing unsheltered on the target area while efforts were made, first to winch and then to clear the obstruction, was duplicated several times while his platoon was attached to 5 Field Park Company and was recognised by the award of an MC.' (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p. 685.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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 196 AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.679, 685. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.531. AWMM
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