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William Keith Andrews

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  A_007. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel A_007. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Keith AWMM
  • Surname
    Andrews AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    61801 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    b. 1899 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 21 June 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of William Alfred & Annie Letitia ANDREWS Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 21 June 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 30 Hospital Road, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W.A. Andrews (father), Cambria Street, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    • 1930 - William Keith ANDREWS married Mavis Annie MUIR in Apia, Western Samoa - They had 2 children Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 21 June 2023 - POVERTY BAY HERALD, VOLUME LV, ISSUE 17215, 22 MARCH 1930, PAGE 13


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    61801 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of William Alfred and Annie Letitia Andrews, of Nelson, New Zealand; husband of Mavis Annie Andrews AWMM
    • At half past five on the afternoon of 5 December the SS Chakdina left Tobruk harbour carrying 380 wounded, of whom 97 were New Zealanders. The Chakdina was not a hospital ship, but her use had been arranged by the British ADMS in Tobruk. In addition to the wounded she had on board some officers and men who were going to Baggush to resume duties with HQ 2 NZ Division. Among them were Maj M. Williams, OC 4 Field Hygiene Section, WO I R. W. Cawthorn, and two men of ADMS's staff. Just after nine o'clock an enemy plane released a torpedo, which exploded in one of the after holds of the Chakdina. She sank within three and a half minutes. There was very little chance of escape, except for those who were unwounded or only lightly wounded, and who were in a favourable position at the time. Only 18 of the New Zealand wounded were picked up by the destroyer HMS Farndale, which also rescued all except one of the Divisional Headquarters medical staff. The survivors reached Alexandria on 7 December, and the casualties were admitted to the detachment of 3 NZ General Hospital there. The sinking of the Chakdina was the only major misfortune in the evacuation of New Zealand wounded during the war."
      [MEDICAL UNITS OF 2 NZEF IN MIDDLE EAST AND ITALY, NZETC] Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 21 June 2023 -
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About death

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  • Death
    12 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 41 AWMM
  • Date of death
    05 December 1941 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 10 August 2023 -
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
    Lance-Bombardier William Keith Andrews, previously listed as wounded and then missing, is now reported drowned at sea. He was a member of the Herald staff when he volunteered for service and was accepted early last year. A son of Mr and Mrs W. A. Andrews, Nelson, he trained as a barrister, and after serving a period as associate for a judge of the Supreme Court he received an appointment in Western Samoa, which he relinquished several years ago. His wife is a daughter of Mr F. P. Muir, and there are two children. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 21 June 2023 - DROWNED AT SEA
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  • Memorial name
    • Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 13 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM


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10 August 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher

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