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Walter Harold Hilliam

Portrait from The Weekly News; 16 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 16 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Harold AWMM
  • Surname
    Hilliam AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    20489 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
    Unknown AWMM Mangawhare, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.H. Hilliam (wife), Dargaville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    20489 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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Walter Hilliam was the son of Charles Edward Hilliam and of Flora Hilliam (nee Green); husband of Margery Alfreda Hilliam, of Dargaville, New Zealand.

    Second son of Mr & Mrs C.E. Hilliam, of Dargaville.

    Prior to enlisting in the Second Echelon, he farmed on his father's property at Mount Wesley. For two years he served on the Holy Trinity Vestry.

    In letters home he related a thrilling escape from Greece. He was member of a party which walked for ten days before commandeering an open boat. Spending ten days at sea without food or water, they were finally picked up by a friendly steamer.

    "I remember Walter during the hey-day of Rugby on the Wairoa, from 1923 onwards," said a well known Northern Wairoa footballer. "He was quiet and unassuming but on the field full of energy and never let up. A man of fine physique in his younger days, he was a gentleman and a sport. Like a true New Zealander he played his best when a couple of tries had been scored against him. In Crete I am sure Wally was at his best when the odds were against him."

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 June 1941 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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

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  • Dear Great Uncle Walter, we never met but I'm proud of you. Thank you. Major Gail Rowse, Australian Army.
    Public - Gail - Other Relative - 21 May 2015



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: 87 AWMM
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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04 June 2015GailPuckapunyal, Victoria ,AustraliaOther Relative

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