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John Alphonsus Stuart McKenna

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Alphonsus Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    McKenna AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Johnny AWMM
  • Service number
    42305 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 October 1909 AWMM PateaTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Egmont Street, Patea, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Clerk AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Jessie Maxwell McKenna (wife), Egmont Street, Patea, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 February 1941 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    42305 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    HaweraTaranaki AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt AWMM
      15 July 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Germany AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Salonike, Greece - VIII-B Lamsdorf, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 103, Treviso, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Treviso, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 138645 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of natural causes AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Died of acute heart failure, ischaemic disease

    The conditions in the Italian camps proved to be better than those at the transit camps in North Africa.North Africa camps were described as draughty and over crowded, with poor sanitation and water supplies, resulting in dysentry.The diet consisted of 1/2 a pound of bread, a little macaroni soup and tinned meat.In Italy prisoners had a blanket and duckboard to sleep on, an exercise yard and some hot water, even barbers.Food was the same standard as the Italian Army rations, macaroni, bread and rice. In Italian camps the principal problem was boredom which was alleviated by such activities as concerts, quiz shows, tinbashing or food tin sculptures and lectures.Italian guards had the reputation for being less predictable and more brutal than their German counterparts. Campo 57, Gruppignano had 1800 New Zealanders in it by March 1943 and proved to be more efficiently run than Campo 52, Chiavari.However the Commandant imposed harsher punishment than some other Italian camps including spells in cells and handcuffings. By the time of the Italian Armistice in September 1943 there were approximately 3700 New Zealanders left in Italian camps, the rest (approximately 3200) had already been transferred to German prison camps.The transporting of POWs from Italy to Germany was done by rail in cattle wagons, arriving after ten days in a condition described as "lousy, hungry, tired and dejected".The Germans made the most of the free labour that prisoners of war could provide in helping with the German war effort, getting the prisoners to dig out coal or iron ore, roads and railways.However the Germans strictly followed the rules of the Geneva Convention which meant no ranks, corporals up, were made to work. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    12 May 1968 AWMM
    Age 58 AWMM
    PateaTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Patea Cemetery, Scotland Street, Patea, South Taranaki District, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Daily News, New Plymouth 13/14 May 1968 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
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 223 AWMM
    • Taranaki Daily News AWMM
      Death notice: Daily News, New Plymouth 13/14 May 1968 AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Sinclair, D. (1954). 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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