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Thomas Edward Coles

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Headstone, Reichswald Forest Cemetery, 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Reichswald Forest Cemetery, 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen - This image may be …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Coles AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ40161 AWMM
    • WWII 40161 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 January 1905 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Thomas Coles (father), Ponsonby Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ40161 AWMM
    • WWII 40161 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Awatea AWMM

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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Thomas and Margaret Coles of Ponsonby, Auckland,

    There is a reference to the loss of Thomas Coles and the rest of the crew in the diary of Sergeant Pilot Raymond Herbert John Broady (NZ39691). [Ref. MS 883]

    In 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen undertook a project in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery photographing all the headstones of New Zealanders buried there. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    7 September 1942 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany AWMM 16 F 11 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

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Sources

Sources

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  • References
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM
      Broady, Raymond Herbert John. Papers, 1911 - 1942. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 883. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM

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