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William Charles Edward Heron

Portrait, on final leave WW2 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, on final leave WW2 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Charles Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Heron AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Charles AWMM
  • Service number
    14094 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 July 1916 AWMM TemukaSouth Canterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 16 July 1940 AWMM Public Works Department, Klondyke, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss D.J. Heron (sister), C/o Dr Patterson, Sefton Street, Timaru AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    14094 AWMM
  • Military service
    Canterbury Yeoman Cavalry AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 16 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Tractor operator/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
    False teeth AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Three brothers served in WW2 : John Heron (5458); William Heron (14094); James Randel Beckley Heron (7316)

    Tractor driver with the Public Works Department Employee at enlistment

    Mr Heron served as an infantryman with the New Zealand Cavalry regiment of 2 NZEF.

    Mrs M Heron (wife of Mr Heron) writing in March 1999 said he was chosen by ballot with 69 other veterans to attend the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Crete in May 1992. He was the only Crete veteran from South Canterbury who went on the trip. The veterans left by RNZAF 727 on 16 May and returned on 2 June. They were presented with leather holdalls by a representative of the Greek Army. These contained a Bronze Medallion to commemorate 50 years since 1941, along with paper back editions of the Greek period of World War Two and photos of Greece. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 September 1992 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
    GeraldineCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Geraldine Cemetery, Timaru District, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Timaru Herald 23 September 1992 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Miss you RIP
    Public - David John - Child - 11 October 2018
  • Remembering my Dad xx
    Public - Averil Joyce - Child - 20 April 2015
  • thinking of you grandad, Wish I could have got to know you more xxxx
    Public - Donna louse - Other Relative - 14 March 2015
  • RIP Grandad
    Public - Michelle - Other Relative - 13 March 2015
  • Charlie Heron was my uncle, my father James Randell Heron's brother.
    Public - Ruth - Other Relative - 13 March 2015
  • RIP granddad love vicky
    Public - Vicky heron - Other Relative - 13 March 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. 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
      WW2 3: WW2 211 AWMM
    • Timaru Herald AWMM
      Death notice: Timaru Herald 23 September 1992 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
11 October 2018David JohnGeraldine nzChild
20 April 2015Averil JoyceTimaru New Zealand Child
14 March 2015Donna louseBeerwah, australiaOther Relative
13 March 2015MichelleAustraliaOther Relative
13 March 2015RuthHalberton, EnglandOther Relative

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