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William Geoffrey Wilson

William Wilson (on right) with his brother John (42321). - This image may be subject to copyright

William Wilson (on right) with his brother John (42321). - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Geoffrey AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Billy Wilson AWMM
  • Service number
    60597 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 May 1919 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 46 Hill Road, Belmont, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William and Mary Catherine Jane Wilson (parents), 46 Hill Road, Belmont, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 7 April 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    60597 AWMM
  • Military service
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  • Medals and Awards

Training and 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Geoffrey Wilson was born in Wellington on 13 May 1919. He served with the 5th Field Regiment, NZ Artillery, 2NZEF, during World War II. He was killed in action in the Western Desert on 27 November 1941.

    Also was on the Aquitania.

    Wilson's diary was later found on the battlefield by German soldier, Hans Stauder, who continued it with entries of his own. Stauder then returned the diary to Wilson's family some years afterward. (Ref. MS 2002/157; MS 2005/29) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Sidi AzeizLibya AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Wilson, William Geoffrey. War diary, 1941 - 1942. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2005-29. AWMM
    • Goodall, Syd. Papers relating to diary of Gunner W.G. Wilson. 1941 - 1999. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2002-157. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.384 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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