John Cunningham AWMM
Also known as
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Unknown AWMM 127 Abel Smith Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs M.A. Chalmers (mother), 127 Abel Smith Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 1 January 1944 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
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Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
Back and leg wounds, No.1 General Hospital, Helwan, Cairo AWMM
Met his wife Elizabeth Jean Carruth (72042), when she arrived in the Middle East in 1941 with a contingent of two hundred nurses and office staff and she nursed him in No.1 G H in Helwan. At the conclusion of the Tunisian Campaign, Jack was due for home leave so he and Elizabeth got married (11.11.1943) and travelled home to New Zealand together on the Troopships 'Citia' and 'Mariposa' with the Second Furlough Draft. After a holiday in the South Island Jack was boarded out Grade 3 by the Army and he decided to return to his teaching career and to further his Education Degree at Auckland University.
He was St Kentigern's founding headmaster and held this position from 1958-1978. In 1981 was awarded the M.B.E. for Service to Education & to the Community.
He had four children - 3 sons and a daughter.
Known as Jack AWMM
17 May 1995 AWMM
Age 81 AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block Y Row 15 Plot 73 AWMM
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- 21 Battalion
(Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
Correspondence with family 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 80 AWMM
- 24 N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association [newsletter]. Auckland, N.Z.: The Association. AWMM
24th N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association newsletter. July 1995, Issue 113 AWMM
- Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
Fortune, G. and Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
- Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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