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David Murray Evitt

Portrait, in uniform, holding his hat, taken while he was serving in World War II. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, in uniform, holding his hat, taken while he was serving in World War II. - This image may …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Murray AWMM
  • Surname
    Evitt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 30438 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 November 1918 AWMM ThamesCoromandel District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre Sep 1939 AWMM 13 Coronation Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs V.M. Evitt (mother), 13 Coronation Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 May 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 30438 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Sep 1939 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Warehouseman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Crete, Greece AWMM
      03 May 1941-1 May 1945 AWMM
      Living with Cretans for 8 months AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Poland AWMM
      3 May 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Crete List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag 383 (previously Oflag III-C), Hofenfells, Bavaria 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 - E535 Milowitz, Milowitz, Poland AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 May 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 5591 (2277) AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Cancer of the lungs AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The Second Echelon of 2 NZEF (428 officers and 6410 other ranks) sailed on 2 May 1940 from Wellington in Aquitania, Empress of Britain and Empress of Japan and was joined by the Andes which the previous day had embarked troops at Lyttelton. The convoy was escorted by Leander and the Australian cruisers Australia and Canberra, and was joined off Sydney by Queen Mary and Mauritania and in Bass Strait by Empress of Canada from Melbourne. While the convoy was in the Indian Ocean its destination was changed from the Middle East to the United Kingdom via the Cape of Good Hope. Brigadier H E Barrowclough and members of the headquarters staff of 6 Infantry Brigade accompanied the Second Echelon as observers.

    From 'CHRONOLOGY New Zealand in the War 1939-1946' compiled by Robin Kay, 1968. The Germans made the most of the free labour 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. Stalag VIIIB Teschen had a work camp attached to it. Milowitz E535, Upper Silesia, Poland was a coal mining camp which was home to about 500 New Zealanders. The famous Tiki Times was published by the prisoners in Camp 535 between 1 August 1944 and January 1945. It was hand printed in pen and ink proving to be a great morale booster with its camp humour, often at the expense of the Germans.It had to be concealed from the Gestapo but otherwise was posted on the wall in the passageway outside Barrack One. The editor, Private Jack Gallichan, carried all 24 editions, and his diary, on the 1100 kilometre March away from the advancing Russians, and so to freedom. Post war they were made into a bound edition. From 'P.O.W.The untold stories' AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 12 July 1984 AWMM
      Age 66 AWMM
      RemueraAuckland AWMM
    • 12 July 1984 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Andrew's Churchyard, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 12 July 1984 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 59 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 12 July 1984 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
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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