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William Harcourt Coleman

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Harcourt AWMM
  • Surname
    Coleman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 397811 AWMM
    • NZ2526 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 November 1916 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Arthur Walton (mother), 12 Derby St, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • 397811 AWMM
    • NZ2526 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Aerial navigation while in the RAF AWMM
    • Received early air training, Mangere from Squadron Leader D. M. Allen. AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 1937 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mr. V. H. Coleman (his father) was deceased when he enlisted.

    Educated at Christchurch, William Coleman belonged to the Christchurch Gliding Club at the age of 15. Went to England privately in 1937, before the Government air training scheme came into operation. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1937 and transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force in July 1939. He joined the first New Zealand Air Force Unit (75 Squadron) to be established in Britain. He served in several stations throughout Great Britain. About the time of his death he had been in command of a Wellington bomber flying over Germany, Norway and the Low Countries. One non-stop flight of 1500 miles was included in his exploits.


    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website lists his next of kin as Mrs C.M. Walton of Christchurch.

    The National Office of the RNZRSA has a photograph of his headstone. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Noord-Holland, Netherlands AWMM Plot 69. Row A. Grave 21 AWMM
    • Andersons Bay General Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 81, Plot 17 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald (?), July or August 1940. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial Drive, 1939-1945, Devonport Memorial Drive, Auckland AWMM
    • Memorial Drive, Lake Road, Devonport, Auckland AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • We honour your bravery. Vern and Shannon Coleman
    Public - Vern and Shannon - Other Relative - 27 April 2015
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Chorley, W. (1992). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crews lost during 1939-1940 (Vol. 1). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp. 33, 35, 108. AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      (?), July or August 1940. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] - Historical Items - Battle of Britain Roll of Honour, July - October 1940. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADQA 17263 AIR118/109/77e (R17845784) AWMM
    • By Such Deeds by C.M.Hanson ISBN 0-473-07301-3 Public - Terry - Other relative - 13 October 2020 - Book

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13 October 2020TerryAucklandOther relative
01 December 2016KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
27 April 2015Vern and ShannonAucklandOther Relative

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