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Lionel Godfrey Michaels

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lionel Godfrey AWMM
  • Surname
    Michaels AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Penny AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/488 AWMM
    • WWII 617576 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 May 1894 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 10 August 1914 AWMM 165 Grafton Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    R.T. Michaels, 80 Vauxhall Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/488 AWMM
    • WWII 617576 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Grammar School Senior Cadets AWMM
    • The College Rifles Volunteers AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      Military Medal awarded 9 December 1916. Citation from the London Gazette 9 December 1916, p12058, Rec No 168: "During the operations of the 1st N.Z. Infantry Brigade 16/18th and 24/28th September this N.C.O. worked continually under very heavy artillery fire, maintaining lines. As soon as a line was disconnected no matter how heavy the fire he would go out to repair immediately and it is greatly due to his untiring efforts and extraordinary bravery that communication was maintained from Brigade to Battalions so that the Brigade was not out of touch long enough to prove serious." AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Territorial Force Efficiency Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 10 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Heart disease AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Lieutenant Michaels was admitted to St George's Hospital, Malta and No. 2 New Zealand General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames.

    Michaels was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant 16 February 1917 and promoted to Lieutenant on 11 October 1917.

    In World War 2 Lionel Michaels served with the North Auckland Regiment as a Major. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    8 July 1954 AWMM
    Age 60 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 501 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM


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