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Mervyn Adolphus Williams

Portrait from The Weekly News; 20 September 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 20 September 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn Adolphus AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    4717 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    4717 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM LevinManawatu-Wanganui 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Lost at sea AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mervyn Williams was the son of John Thomas and Ida Katie Williams, of Kaitaia, North Auckland.

    M.A. Williams died when his ship, HMS Isis, sank off the coast of Normandy.

    Educated at Ashburton and Waikato Primary Schools, and Kaitaia District High School.

    While attending Auckland Training College, he represented Auckland in baseball in 1938-39.

    Commencing teaching at the Waihou School, Te Aroha, he later became a relieving teacher, this position concluding following his appointment to the Kaitaia District High School, where he remained until enlisting in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Entering in April, 1942 he left New Zealand for overseas in October 1943.

    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. Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    20 July 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    English Channel AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Borough of Te Aroha, 1939-1945. Kenrick Street, Te Aroha. AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2564145
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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