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Selwyn Raymond Adams

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Selwyn Raymond AWMM
  • Surname
    Adams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Snowy AWMM
  • Service number
    280826 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Solomon Islands Campaign AWMM
    • 07 Aug 1942-9 February 1943 Guadalcanal AWMM
    • Green Island AWMM
    • Vella Lavella AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    280826 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Territorials AWMM
    • Reserve Force AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Malaria and Hook worm AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to field hospitals in the Pacific AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • The battles for Guadalcanal in 1942 between the American and Japanese navies was the start of the most ferocious campaign in history.The Americans entered this campaign with inaccurate maps and some, including Major-General Alexander Vanegrift who was in command, not knowing where the Solomon Islands were.However they acquired skills which were to prove essential to later victories in the Pacific. It was a difficult campaign due to multiple factors such as the isolation, heat, dense jungle, lack of basic infra-structure and the great distances between base and supplies, and the front line. Though largely a US naval and military struggle, New Zealand's contribution was important.New Zealand was involved in the battle as it was imperative that the Japanese advance on the Pacific be stopped or they would have reached New Zealand.New Zealand's main contribution was in the form of the 3 NZ Division.The Forward Maintenance Centre (advanced base) was joined by the 14 Brigade on 27 August 1943, Divisional troops amd units on 2 September and the 8 Brigade on 14 September 1943.New Zealand troops were involved in a number of battles was they moved up the Solomon's gaining control of islands as they went.The 14 Brigade and HQ 3 Division landed on Vella Lavella on 18 September 1943,and on Green (Nissan) Island on 15 February 1944, and the 8 Brigade landed on Mono Island on 27 October 1943. The capture of Mono Island would provide a radar site to cover the Bougainville landings and its harbour was ideal as a staging area for ships during the invasion. At no time did all of New Zealand 3 Division fight together due to the cross over of the battles. Other New Zealand troops were also involved, such as the NZ Engineers in road and airstrip contruction (on the very under developed islands, especially Guadalcanal), as well as support from the signals and medical corps and transport and air support. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    23 February 1997 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tauranga Cemeteries, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section 2 Plot 130 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand, Herald 25 February 1997

    Death notice: Bay of Plenty Times, 24 February 1997 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.4 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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