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Stanley Blackwell

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Identity

  • Title
    PTE Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Photo of Grave Marker at Alamein Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
  • Forenames
    Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Blackwell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Stan Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Family name
  • Service number
    64320 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 January 1907 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    27th January 1907 Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (his sister)
  • Place of birth
    Great Barrier Island Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (his sister)
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Truck driver AWMM
    • Tryphena Bay, Great Barrier Island Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (his sister)
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr G. Blackwell, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island AWMM
    • George Blackwell (father)
      Eleanor Blackwell (nee Sanderson) Mother
      Claude (Bert) Blackwell Brother Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (his sister)
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Single AWMM
    • Single Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (his sister)

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    64320 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 Truck Driver/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Worked at the Great Barrier Airodrome Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (his sister)
  • 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
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Shot in the arm, but must have gone through his body too. Either that or Heart Attack caused by shoc Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Stanley Blackwell was the son of George Adam and Eleanor Blackwell, of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. AWMM
    • "The Special Dream" as written by Stanleys Sister Alice Borich
      In June 1942 I woke up in hospital crying. It was the day after I had just had a big operation and I had just waken from a very strange but realistic dream. I dreamt that my brother 'Stan' was standing in the doorway of my hospital room. I could see him clear as daylight and he looked very pale and tired. I remember Mum and Dad and Bert were in the room too. (Stan just stood in the doorway for a while very silent with a halo of light around his head. He said "I'll be alright now", then just faded out. My mother dropped to the floor and fainted. Later I was told that my mother HAD fainted at approx. the same time of my dream. What was even more eerie though was the fact that my brother Stan who had been away to war, had died at the very time of my dream. (We worked the dates and time out later when we found out the bad news that Stan had been killed in the Elamain battle on Railcity Ridge in the desert). I remember thinking it was his thoughts coming home. It was a terrible time and I was very upset. I remember the dream as clear as the day it happened, and nothing like that has ever happened since. Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (Stan's sister)
    • Before Stan went to war, he'd built a dingy and one day when lifting it ashore, he strained his heart. Not long after that he was in Auckland hospital to visit a favourite Uncle. Apon seeing how ill his Uncle was, Stan collapsed on the floor because of his strained heart. We did not hear of this incident until after Stan had died. It goes some way to explain how he possible died. Stan's comrades recall him been shot in the arm and did not think it was fatal and were shocked to discover he was not among the returning soldiers. Either the bullet went straight through his arm and into his body, or it did just get his arm and the shock of it caused him heart attack. Later we found out that Stan who was meant to be a driver in the war, had been ordered to get out of the truck and march with his comrades. It was then that he had been stuck by the cartridge and died Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016 - Alice Borich (his sister)
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM VIII. H. 10. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • Dear Uncle Stan, I am very saddened that I never got to meet you. Because of your gallant nature in choosing to go to war instead of your brother Bert, you allowed Bert to support the family by continuing to run the family farm on the Great Barrier Island. Apparently, you never enjoyed farming and knew Bert would be the better choice to stay & help on the farm rather than yourself. I wish I could let you know that because of your choice, Bert did a great job, married and had two sons of his own. Rather like you and Bert. Only they were called Norman and Stanley. Yes, he named his second son after you. Both Norman and Stanely grew up to have families of their own, so the Blackwell blood line had continued. I myself am one of Norman Blackwell's children. And I too, have carried on to have two daughters. So the bloodline will continue to go for many years because of your decision.
    Public - Cherie Kirsten - Direct descendant - 13 August 2016
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2092388
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 23 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM

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06 September 2016Cherie Kirsten Whangarei, New ZealandDirect descendant

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