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John Foster Coleman

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Headstone, Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia (photo B. Coutts, 2009) - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia (photo B. Coutts, 2009) - This image may be subject to copyrig …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Foster AWMM
  • Surname
    Coleman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    23172 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 October 1906 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Tangowahine, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Joy Iwa Coleman (wife), C/o Mrs C.H. Caump, Bayley's Gorge, Dargaville, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Tunisia AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    23172 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Benjamin Coleman and Helen Coleman (nee Foster), of Dargaville, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Joy Iwa Coleman, of Huntly, Auckland AWMM
    • Your son David John (now Matheson due to adoption upon re-marriage) is my father. David was born 20.06.41. Public - Lisa Anne - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018 - Family documentation

Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 March 1943 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
    TunisiaNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia AWMM X. E. 10 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Roll of Honour, Northern Wairoa RSA, Dargaville AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • You were my Grandfather & although I never met you I think of you often.
    I wonder how different things would have been if you had made it home.
    Public - Lisa Anne - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018
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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/2182617
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • 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
      WW2 4: WW2 72 AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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25 April 2018Lisa AnneBotany Downs, AucklandDirect descendant

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