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William Garfield Vellenoweth

Photograph taken after enlistment on 7th February 1940.

William Garfield Vellenoweth

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Garfield AWMM
  • Surname
    Vellenoweth AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    33088 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 March 1908 AWMM BarripperCornwall AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 7 February 1940 AWMM 11 Everton Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Rosena K. Vellenoweth (wife), 11 Everton Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    33088 AWMM
  • Military service
    Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry 14 months AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 7 February 1940 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - PG 52, La Chiavari, Italy AWMM
      Western Desert, North Africa AWMM
      30 November 1941 AWMM
      Westward advance of 25th & 26th Battalions to Sidi Rezegh, when overrun by German tank divisions. AWMM
    • WW2 POW - PG 57, Gruppignano, Udine, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XVIII-A, Wolfsberg, Austria POW Deaths (R25405152)
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 8619 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 4 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 2 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Caserta Military Hospital, Italy, 28 January 1942. Dysenterial enteritis. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Stalag XVIIIA, Wolfsberg, Austria, brain tumour. AWMM
    • Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died while Prisoner of War from cerebral haemorrhage due to brain tumour AWMM
    • 4 October 1944 AWMMOther, WWII AWMM
      Cerebral Haemorrhage due brain tumour. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private Vellenoweth was the son of Henry and Mary Ellen Vellenoweth; husband of Rosena Kathleen Vellenoweth, of Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

    Came to New Zealand, after a period in Australia, in May, 1926.

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection holds letters and photographs relating to Vellenoweth's war service. [Ref. MS 2010/19]

    Originally interred in Wolfsberg Cemetery, Grave 79 then reinterred at Klagenfurt War Cemetery AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    WolfsbergAustria AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Klagenfurt War Cemetery, Austria AWMM Plot 6. Row B. Grave 1 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • In love and honour of the father, grandfather and great grandfather who never made it home to his loving wife Rose and to meet and love his son Errol, his grand daughters Leanne and Karen and his great grand daughter Amber.
    Public - Errol William - Child - 25 April 2020



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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 488 AWMM
    • Armoury Cenotaph File AWMM
      Biographical material on file. AWMM
    • Vellenoweth, William Garfield. Papers relating to war service, 1940 - 1947. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2010/19. AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Deaths While Prisoner of War - Navy, Army, Air Force and Civilians [WW2 NZ POW Deaths], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAAA 7393 Box 1 (R25405152). AWMM


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25 April 2020Errol WilliamBrisbane, AustraliaChild

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