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Henry Elijah Struthers

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry Elijah AWMM
  • Surname
    Struthers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    13119 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 October 1917 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Ben Nevis Station, Bannockburn, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J.H. Struthers (father), Ma Waro, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    13119 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Musterer/Civilian AWMM
    AlexandraOtago AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John Hunter Struthers and Eliza Helen Struthers, of Ma-Waro, Canterbury

    Private H. E. Struthers, MM, m.i.d.; born NZ 19 Oct 1917; musterer; twice wounded; killed in action 2 Nov 1942. (Source: McClymont, W.G. To Greece. p.423.)

    'A and D Companies 26 Battalion had already moved off to assist the troops in the canal area ‘to retain possession of the bridge’. The sky was clear and enemy aircraft were about, but the orders were to push forward, stopping only if there were direct attacks. D Company was halted by punctures and minor damage due to machine-gunning but A Company (Captain Milliken) carried on, one lorry eventually being hit before the troops could take cover. The majority of those on board were wounded and the vehicle was soon blazing fiercely, but in spite of more machine-gunning at least twelve men were saved by Privates Struthers, Morrison and Delaney, who dragged them into a nearby culvert. Private H. E. Struthers, MM, m.i.d.; born NZ 19 Oct 1917; musterer; twice wounded; killed in action 2 Nov 1942.; 26 Battalion - Twenty-one casualties, including four killed, had been suffered during the day. Two later died of wounds. Most of these had resulted from a direct hit on the D Coy truck which had been set on fire in the race to Corinth. Few of the passengers had had a chance to dive out of the vehicle when the enemy plane attacked. Of those on board, the majority were wounded. Three who were not, Privates Struthers, Morrison, and Delaney, immediately began dragging the wounded off the blazing truck to the safety of a nearby culvert, despite continued air attacks and the dangers of exploding ammunition. By their efforts the lives of twelve men were saved. Later, when the action was over, 2 Lt Bethell took the wounded in two trucks to a Greek hospital in Tripolis. Private H. E. Struthers, MM, m.i.d.; born NZ 19 Oct 1917; musterer; twice wounded; killed in action 2 Nov 1942.' (Source: McClymont, W.G. To Greece. p. 423.; Norton, F. D. 26 Battalion. p. 63.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    2 November 1942 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM II. C. 13. AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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    • Albury War Memorial, State Highway 8, MacKenzie District, South Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
    • Bannockburn Memorial Gates, the Domain, Bannockburn, Otago AWMM

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  • We will always remember you
    Public - Luke - Direct descendant - 25 April 2017

Sources

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    • 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 458 AWMM
    • McClymont, W. (1959). To Greece. Wellington, N.Z.: Department Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.423. AWMM
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.63. AWMM
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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