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Mary Meta Callender

Portrait, Mary Meta Callender in VAD uniform (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mary Meta AWMM
  • Surname
    Callender AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 October 1887 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr and Mrs William Callender AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Suffered a stroke AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Wife of Robert Johnson (13/197)

    Meta Callender was a VAD Nurse. In World War I they had to pay for themselves and went voluntarily to Nurse New Zealand wounded and sick at Walton-on-Thames Hospital.

    Meta Callender met her future husband Robert Johnson (13/197) when he was a patient at Walton-on-Thames Hospital. They were married in 1917 following her return to NZ in 1916, and after Robert Johnson had been invalided home. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    10 May 1965 AWMM
    Age 78 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Ashes scattered AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 11 or 12 May 1965 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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