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Harold Morris Fulljames

2nd NZEF, 21291 Sgt H M FULLJAMES, NZ Infantry, died 9 April 1977 aged 65 years He is buried in the Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne Block RSAAS S/A Plot 556

Harold Morris FULLJAMES

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Morris AWMM
  • Surname
    Fulljames AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Harold Taylor AWMM
    • Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    21291 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 May 1911 AWMM DevonportNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 27 December 1939 AWMM c/o Palace Hotel, Te Aroha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Rita Violet Taylor (wife), Don Street, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1940 AWMM Married AWMM


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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    21291 AWMM
  • Military service
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    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Ill health AWMM

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  • Son of Ettie Mary Fulljames (nee Morris) and Sidney (Sydney) Herbert Fulljames.

    Husband of Rita Violet

    Harold served under the surname Taylor not Fulljames.

    His wife's name is also given in the nominal roll as Mrs R V Taylor though it too should be Mrs R V Fulljames.

    Details of Harold's war service in the Army, as supplied by the Minister of Defence.

    Harold Morris Fulljames was attested on 27 December 1939 at Paeroa under the name Harold Taylor. On 12 January 1940 Private Harold Taylor (No 21291) entered Papakura Camp and joined 21 Battalion. While undergoing training at Papakura he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 31 January 1940 and to Corporal on 11 March 1940. On 1 May 1940 Corporal Taylor embarked from New Zealand and on 19 June 1940 disembarked at Gourock in Scotland.

    During his service with 21 Battalion in Britain, he was promoted to Lance Sergeant on 3 October 1940. He was promoted to Sergeant on 4 January 1941 and on the same day sailed with 21 Battalion from the United Kingdom for Egypt.

    21 Battalion arrived in Egypt on 8 March 1941 and soon after, on 26 March, embarked for Greece. On 16 April Sergeant Taylor was admitted to hospital, after being wounded, and it was not until 27 April that he rejoined 21 Battalion. On 18 May 1941 he was reported safe on Crete. Following its evacuation from Crete 21 Battalion arrived in Alexandria on 1 June 1941 and he was then admitted to 2 New Zealand General Hospital. His records do not shed any light on how he was wounded or his subsequent medical problems.

    On 29 August 1941 Sergeant Taylor was posted to 2 NZEF's Northern Infantry Training Depot. On 11 October 1941 he was admitted to 1 New Zealand General Hospital. He was discharged from hospital on 25 October 1941 and returned to Northern Infantry Training Depot. On 17 January Sergeant Taylor rejoined 21 Battalion. He remained with 21 Battalion until 21 June 1942 when he was admitted to 46 British General Hospital. Sergeant Taylor was transferred to the New Zealand Convalescent Depot on 30 June 1942 and remained there until 26 June when he was posted to New Zealand Reception Depot. On 7 August 1942 Sergeant Taylor rejoined 21 Battalion. A month later on 7 September Sergeant Taylor was admitted to 6 New Zealand Field Ambulance and then, it seems, transferred to hospital. On 22 October 1942 he was posted to 31 Infantry Training Battalion. He remained with this unit until 17 December 1942 when he was admitted to 23 New Zealand Field Ambulance and then transferred to 1 New Zealand General Hospital. On 23 December he joined 31 Battalion but was again admitted to 23 New Zealand Field Ambulance on 28 January 1943 and then transferred to 1 New Zealand General Hospital. He was posted back to 31 Battalion on 23 February 1943.

    Sergeant Taylor was one of the men from the First, Second and Third Echelons selected for leave in New Zealand under the furlough scheme and on 15 June 1943 he embarked from Egypt on HMV 'Nieuw Amsterdam' for New Zealand. He disembarked in Wellington on 12 July 1943 and it appears that he was then admitted to Hanmer Hospital to convalesce. On 9 September 1943 he was discharged from the Army on 13 June 1944 after being found to be medically unfit for further active service.

    Harold served under the surname Taylor not Fulljames. He listed the name of Rita, his wife, as Taylor as well. Divorce records list the surname as Fulljames-Taylor.

    David Owen Fulljames (NX 32218) served with the Australian Army during the Second World War, going missing in Malaya. He is the son of Edward Vincent and Emma Jessie Fulljames of Rotorua, born in 1916. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 April 1977 AWMM
    Age 66 AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Cemetery
    Taruheru Cemetery, Nelson Road, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM Ash Burial Block RSA ASH/A Plot 556 AWMM
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10 January 2023Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher

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