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Wadlow Neiafu Campbell Burns

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Group photograph from L to R, back row: Jack William Girven, George Munn, L to R, front row: Walter Valentine Harrison, Peri Burns, Wadlow Neiafu Campbell Burns. Image kindly provided by Peter Girven.

Group photograph from L to R, back row: Jack William Girven, George Munn, L to R, front row: Walter …

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wadlow Neiafu Campbell AWMM
  • Surname
    Burns AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 8748 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 April 1914 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 14 College Hill, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs A.M. Burns (mother), Ostend, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 8748 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    05 Dec 1941 {Age 27} AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Wadlow Burns was the son of Robert Nelson and Ada May Burns (nee Marchant) of Brown's Bay, Auckland.

    He was one of those evacuated from Tobruk in what turned into a disaster. Hospitals in the Tobruk area were overcrowded as a consequence of the unexpectedly long and bitter fighting and it became a matter of urgency to move the wounded to less congested hospitals for treatment. During the first few days of December this became a priority and as there was no indication of when the land route eastwards would be opened the few hospital ships available were packed to capacity. The SS Chakdina sailed on its return voyage to Alexandria on the afternoon of 5 December 1941 with 600 men, 120 of them New Zealanders. Shortly after 9 pm an aerial torpedo struck and exploded in an after hold and in three and a half minutes the ship sank in a strong swell. Eighty New Zealanders were drowned, most of them survivors of the fighting at Sidi Rezegh and Belhamed. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    5 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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Memorials

Memorial

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    • Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Wadlow Burns served in the same Company with my Grand Father in WW2 (4 Coy, 27 MG). My grand father was 7405 CPL L.T. Fisher. Please contact me to exchange details as I'm doing research on the men of 27 MG Bn.
    Public - Ross - Researcher - 26 August 2021
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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/2120016
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 29 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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