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John Gordon Wade Crawford

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Nethercote, R. (1944) Capt J.G. Crawford. RNZDC. Stalag 383. 1944. Germany. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PD-2013-2. All Rights Reserved. Painted on bed canvas using a toothbrush and paints ( artist bartered cigarretes with guards) thinned with sardine oil from rations.

Nethercote, R. (1944) Capt J.G. Crawford. RNZDC. Stalag 383. 1944. Germany. Auckland War Memorial Mu …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Gordon Wade AWMM
  • Surname
    Crawford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 22823 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1909 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
    b. 1909 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 September 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 September 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Birth notes
    Son of Roy Garfield CRAWFOD & Cushla CRAWFORD (nee' BOYLAN) Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 September 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Dorothy Olive Linda Crawford (wife), Commercial Hotel, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Married/WWII AWMM
    • 1940 John Gordon Wade CRAWFORD married Dorothy Olive Linda ARMITAGE Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 September 2023 - NZ BDM Marriage Records

Service

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 22823 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
      London Gazette 20th December 1945, "This officer, while a prisoner of war in German hands, was for 2 1/2 years Dental Officer at Stalag 838, where some 6000 British NCOs were confined. Until he arrived at this camp in December 1942 no proper facilities for dentistry existed. Capt. Crawford, by persistently importuning the German authorities, gradually accumulated sufficient material to improvise much of the apparatus he requried, the remainder being supplied by the Red Cross societies. As a result he was able to provide some 400 men with new dentures and repair as many, beside treating more than 7000 patients. It cannot be too strongly stressed that Capt. Crawford had to contend all the time with great obstructiveness on the part of the Germans, who did not consider that non-working NCOs should be provided with teeth. Capt. Crawford's dauntless energy and the devotion with which he practised his profession under difficult circumstances to the great benefit of his fellow prisoners of war is deserving of the highest praise." Pomeroy and Beattie, p. 78. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag 383 (previously Oflag III-C), Hofenfells, Bavaria AWMM
      1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Greece, Europe List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag 383 (previously Oflag III-C), Hofenfells, Bavaria 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 193 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Dorothy Olive Linda Crawford (1900 - 1983). AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    12 December 1998 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Awa Tapu Cemetery, Valley Road, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand AWMM Ashes Serviceman's Cremation Garden Plot 40 Block SGA AWMM
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19 September 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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