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Douglas William Dillon

Portrait of Driver Douglas William Dillon, Auckland Weekly News, 19 August 1942. Sir George Grey Special Collection, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19420819-18-32. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Driver Douglas William Dillon, Auckland Weekly News, 19 August 1942. Sir George Grey Spe …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas William AWMM
  • Surname
    Dillon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mick AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 9988 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
    WW2 Rai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr P. Dillon (father), Rai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 9988 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • 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 Percy and Martha Anne Dillon, of Rai Valley, Marlborough.

    Brother of Noel "Sam" Warner DILLON (Service Number 16190), Infantry Reinforcements.

    Mick was with Supply company as part of the 2nd Echelon that was diverted to Britain for a time before going to the Middle East. Mick survived both Greece and Crete, being among the last to be evacuated both times, and survived many battles unscathed in the desert after that, but was killed during the famous NZ Division breakout at Minqar Qaim in 1942.

    All Mick's and Sam's letters home from the war were kept by their sisters Peg and Lorna, which Sam didn't know. Not long before she died in 1993, to his great surprise, Peg presented her set to Sam. Lorna's set was found some years later when her grandson was cleaning out a derelict farmhouse with a view to restoration. They were presented to Sam also, again to his great surprise.

    Their parents were Percy DILLON , a farmer at Opouri Valley which runs off Rai Valley, and Martha Annie MCDOWELL 1884-1964. Percy and Martha married in 1908.

    Biographical information provided by Dillon family. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 June 1942 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM XXX. B. 16. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Rai Valley War Memorial, State Highway 6, Rai Valley AWMM
    • Marlborough War Memorial, Second World War Panel AWMM
    • Rai Valley War Memorial, State Highway 6, Rai Valley, Marlborough AWMM

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