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Edgar Smithies

Portrait, Lance Corporal Smithies. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Lance Corporal Smithies. - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edgar AWMM
  • Surname
    Smithies AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Rusty AWMM
  • Service number
    32190 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 December 1917 AWMM HuddersfieldWest Yorkshire AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Pukekohe, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs H. Smithies (mother), Hobsonville, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    32190 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Motor Mechanic/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Sapper AWMM

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
    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      100% Fit AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 27 August 1940. The Third Echelon of 2 NZEF (365 officers and 6078 other ranks) embarked for the Middle East in Mauretania and Empress of Japan at Wellington and in Orcades at Lyttelton.The ships from Wellington and Lyttelton met in the Cook Strait the next day, and were escorted by Achilles.The convoy was joined on 31 August by Aquitania and HMAS Canberra from Sydney, and reached Bombay on 15 September.The troops in Mauretania and Orcades were then trans-shipped at Bombay and continued the voyage to Egypt in the Empress of Japan, Ormonde and Orion, which reached Port Tewfik on 29 September. 14 and 15 Forestry Companies, bound for the United Kingdom, trans-shipped at Bombay from Empress of Japan to Orcades.They disembarked at Gourock on 7 November.Some troops of the Third Echelon (6 Field Ambulance and infantry reinforcements) remained in India from 17 September to 9 October (spending part of that time at Deolali), before embarking at Bombay in Felix Roussel for Egypt.They disembarked at Port Said on 27 October. From 'CHRONOLOGY New Zealand in the War 1939-1946' compiled by R Kay, 1968 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 February 1965 AWMM
    Age 47 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, 21 February 1965 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • I am now 63yrs old, and have had the privilege of watching my family grow up and now enjoy my 7 grandchildren. I remember my father as a great dad and would have loved him to have known my family but it was not to be. Have loved and missed him all my life.
    Public - Julie Ann - Child - 21 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald, 21 February 1965 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
      p.444 AWMM


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21 April 2015Julie AnnAuckland New ZealandChild

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