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William Cyril Rogers

Portrait from The Weekly News; 16 February 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Cyril AWMM
  • Surname
    Rogers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Cyril William Rodgers AWMM
  • Service number
    62201 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 September 1914 AWMM AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 21 October 1940 AWMM 1 Eltham Road, Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs W. Rodgers (wife), 1 Eltham Road, Koimaramara, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 7 April 1941 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 4 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    62201 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 21 October 1940 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Ship's rigger/Civilian 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 5 July 1942, 26 October 1942 and 20 November 1943. AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Charles Leopold and Charlotte Anne Rogers of Auckland City. His wife was Winifred Rogers of Surfdale, Auckland.

    Private Rogers was married with four children when he enlisted. He changed his name in order to circumvent the restriction on fathers leaving for war.

    William Rogers died in the fighting that took place in December 1943, part of the battle taking place around the Sangro river area in the Eighth Army's move up the Adriatic coast of Italy. Intense and bitter fighting marked this stage of the campaign as the Germans strove to hold what was known as their 'Winter Line'.

    Served as Cyril William Rodgers, changed name to circumvent the restriction on fathers leaving for war. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    31 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Plot IX, Row E, Grave 28 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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

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  • Son no. 3. Born 19th May 1940. Missed the greatest man that could have lead me into manhood.
    Still think of you Dad and miss you every day
    Public - William Cyril - Child - 1 April 2018
  • I am a grand daughter of William Cyril Rogers' elder sister Mavis - I leave this message in recognition and in honour of the contribution made by him and his brothers.
    Public - Rhonda - Other Relative - 6 April 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • 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 304 AWMM
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM


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01 April 2018William CyrilMelbourne AustraliaChild
06 April 2015RhondaAuckland New ZealandOther Relative