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Warwick Henry Archdall

Chapel King's College Otahuhu. CC BY John Halpin 2014.

Chapel King's College Otahuhu. CC BY John Halpin 2014.


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Warwick Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Archdall AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    174209 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 April 1916 AWMM NewcastleNew South Wales AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Rose Isabel Archdall (wife) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Sandhurst AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Warwick Archdall was the second son of the Reverend Canon Henry Kingsley Archdall, M.A., and Laura Archdall of Torquay, Devon; husband of Rose Isabel Archdall, of Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

    He was born at The Deanery, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

    Warwick married Rose Simich, daughter of Mr and Mrs Mark Simich of Remuera in February 1941, they had a daughter Janabelle Rose.

    His father was Headmaster of Kings College. Warwick attended Kings School and Kings College where he was in St John's House 1929 - 1934; a prefect and Captain of the 1st XV; head of the Cadet Corps. He graduated in theology and history at Corpus Christi , Cambridge University (1935 - 1939), with a second class divisional honours in history and theology.

    He enlisted in the Grenadier Guards in 1940, served as a Guardsman for 6 months and was recommended for commission at Sandhurst in February 1941.

    Warwick landed in Normandy on D Day, 4 June 1944 in B Coy, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and was killed on 28 June 1944 at the first frontal attack on Caen. His Colonel said of him " he was one of my best officers, and had carried out as Acting-Company Commander a very difficult attack with great courage and calmness when he was killed instantly by a stray shot". Lengthy tracts from his letters home were later published in the London Times.

    A memorial service was conducted in the parish church, Lampeter on 26 July 1944, he died "pro Christo et pro patria".

    Two sons, brothers Warwick Henry Archdall (174209) and Maynard Kingsley Archdall (137870) died on service in WW2. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 June 1944 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    CaenFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hermanville War Cemetery, Hermanville-sur-Mer, France AWMM 5. C. 7. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    King's courier. Auckland, N.Z.: King's College. AWMM
    Tribute. (2009). King's Courier. (King's College, Auckland). No 113, Autumn, p. 26 AWMM
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