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John Russell Williams

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Russell AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    241261 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 May 1922 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 July 1940 AWMM 17 Augustus Terrace, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Kathleen Williams (mother), 17 Augustus Terrace, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • 1 Auckland Battalion AWMM
    • 3 Auckland Battalion AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Shipping clerk/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
      Suffered from hepatitis and was admitted to 3 General Hospital, Bari, for treatment. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of Cerebral Haemorrhage AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Captain Williams participated in the action at Sangro River and Castelfrantano. In the Official History of the 24 Battalion his action in defending a two storey hotel about 100 yards below Route 84 (south of Castle Frantano) is mentioned

    Captain Williams was commended for his skill and courage in beating off the second of these attacks. The fighting that took place in Castelfrentano in December 1943 which was part of the battle taking place around the Sangro river area in the Eighth Army's move up the Adriatic coast of Italy. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    9 October 1986 AWMM
    Age 64 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block X Row 53 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 10 October 1986 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 208 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Burdon, R. (1959). p. 210 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 10 October 1986 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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