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Frank William Harrison

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frank William AWMM
  • Surname
    Harrison AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    7770 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 January 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 9 Kirton Street, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Harrison (mother), c/- GPO, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • El Alamein AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • Sinai & Palestine AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    7770 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Burnham Army Camp AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Baker/Civilian AWMM
    MastertonWairarapa AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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 Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Lung Cancer and broncho pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 22 April 1944 AWMM Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private Harrison served with the 8th Army in El Alamein

    Mr Harrison was evacuated from Crete by HMS Isis.

    HMS Isis was part of the naval operations around Crete in April and May 1941 aimed at preventing a seaborne landing on Crete by the Germans. Isis was specifically engaged in the reinforcement and supply of Allied troops. The role the ship played in the events off Crete was recognised when battle honours were awarded after the war and she was listed as third of all warships and first of all the many small ships in the Admiralty Fleet Order concerned (see J.H. Spencer's Battle for Crete, p.212). The Destroyer Isis was sunk by a mine (or possibly a Neger) off the beaches of Normandy on 20 July 1944. Ten New Zealanders were lost when she sank. They are commemorated in the cathedral in Portsmouth, England and also in Arromanches, France where a wreath is layed each year.Only three New Zealanders survived, they included Able Seaman Douglas Simpson, who later died on the HMS Comet, and J W Tangye who was one of the two who survived and returned to New Zealand in December 1945. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    2 August 1996 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
    Mount AlbertAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Masterton Cemetery, Archer Street, Masterton, Wairarapa District, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, Dominion, Wairarapa Time Age (3 August 1996) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland Domain, an Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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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. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 76 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      NZ Herald, Dominion, Wairarapa Time Age (3 August 1996) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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