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Alastair William Simpson

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Portrait, Corporal Simpson taken in 1940 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Corporal Simpson taken in 1940 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alastair William AWMM
  • Surname
    Simpson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    36026 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 April 1908 AWMM RaweneNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 3 July 1940 AWMM Rawene, Hokianga, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Millicent Ellen Wright (mother), Oue, Hokianga, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 November 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    36026 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Territorials (3 years) AWMM
    • Volunteer (3 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Germany AWMM
      Sfakia, Crete AWMM
      31 May 1941-17 May 1945 AWMM
      Battle of Crete AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Crete List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 17 May 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 7546 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart failure AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alastair Simpson was the son of Millicent Ellen Pearson and William John Simpson.

    He married Ethel Daisy May Fox in England in 1945 while still in the service.

    According to family, he left his dog in the care of his Uncle George when he left NZ. One night the dog howled all night. When the cable came to say he was missing (and was in fact captured) his family worked out that it had been the same night the dog had howled.

    NOK listed as Wright on the Nominal Roll AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    25 July 1973 AWMM
    Age 65 AWMM
    RaweneNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Rawene Public Cemetery, Far North District, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, July 1973 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • South Hokianga Returned Services Cemetery AWMM
    • Auckland Domain, an Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • McGill, D. (1987). P.O.W. : the untold stories of New Zealanders as prisoners of war. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: Mills Publications. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 434 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, July 1973 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
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