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Edmund Noel Noonan

Edmund Noonan, formal portrait - This image may be subject to copyright

Edmund Noonan, formal portrait - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edmund Noel AWMM
  • Surname
    Noonan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Noel Noonan AWMM
    • Snow Noonan AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 81159 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 June 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    1 Bishop Street, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Noonan (mother), 1 Bishop Street, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Shop assistant/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Edmund Noonan was the son of Joseph England Noonan and of Edith Noonan (nee Moss), of Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Corporal Noonan participated in the landing on Mono Island on 27 October 1943 as a member of 36th Battalion. This was the first opposed landing experienced by New Zealand since Gallipoli. 36th Battalion, part of 8 Brigade was given the task of capturing the Treasury Islands, a small group lying 300 miles north of Guadalcanal. The Treasury Group consists of Mono and Stirling Islands separated by Blanche Harbour, where the 36th Battalion went ashore at Falamai.

    Date of birth is 21 or 22 June 1920. The battles for Guadalcanal in 1942 between the American and Japanese navies was the start of the most ferocious campaign in history.The Americans entered this campaign with inaccurate maps and some, including Major-General Alexander Vanegrift who was in command, not knowing where the Solomon Islands were.However they acquired skills which were to prove essential to later victories in the Pacific. It was a difficult campaign due to multiple factors such as the isolation, heat, dense jungle, lack of basic infra-structure and the great distances between base and supplies, and the front line. Though largely a US naval and military struggle, New Zealand's contribution was important.New Zealand was involved in the battle as it was imperative that the Japanese advance on the Pacific be stopped or they would have reached New Zealand.New Zealand's main contribution was in the form of the 3 NZ Division.The Forward Maintenance Centre (advanced base) was joined by the 14 Brigade on 27 August 1943, Divisional troops and units on 2 September and the 8 Brigade on 14 September 1943.New Zealand troops were involved in a number of battles was they moved up the Solomon's gaining control of islands as they went.The 14 Brigade and HQ 3 Division landed on Vella Lavella on 18 September 1943,and on Green (Nissan) Island on 15 February 1944, and the 8 Brigade landed on Mono Island on 27 October 1943. The capture of Mono Island would provide a radar site to cover the Bougainville landings and its harbour was ideal as a staging area for ships during the invasion. At no time did all of New Zealand 3 Division fight together due to the cross over of the battles. Other New Zealand troops were also involved, such as the NZ Engineers in road and airstrip construction (on the very under developed islands, especially Guadalcanal), as well as support from the signals and medical corps and transport and air support.

    37mm ‘Japanese’ Mountain Gun (W1031.4). Captured on the day of the landing by members of the 36th Battalion under the command of Lieutenant. Les Booth, 29.10.1943 is on display in Scars on the Heart gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 October 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Mono IslandTreasury Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM 4. 25. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Roll of Honour: New Zealand Herald of 28 October 1943 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Your elder sister, my grandmother, had told me so much about you. I have the honour of still knowing about you and hearing from you from my father, your nephew. Your spirit is kept alive in our homes, and now my daughters even know your name and who you are to us. You are an inspiration to us all and your memory will live on. I only wish I had known you.
    Public - Curtis - Other relative - 26 April 2017



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 296 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Roll of Honour: New Zealand Herald of 28 October 1943 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Nominal Rolls - Embarkation N-Force [Norfolk Force Embarkation Rolls], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1428 (R22440218) AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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18 January 2018Lanagenesydney AustraliaOther relative
26 April 2017CurtisAucklandOther relative

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