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William Granville Smith

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Granville AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ416695 AWMM
    • WWII 416695 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 Unknown AWMM Matakohe, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 William Smith (father), North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Smith was the son of William Smith and Susan W. Smith (nee Hare) of Matakoke. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    5 August 1943 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    Mediterranean 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
    • Malta Memorial, Malta AWMM
    • Pollington Airfield Memorial Garden, Yorkshire, England AWMM
    • Matakohe War Memorial hall, The Kauri Museum, 5 Church Road, Matakohe, Northland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Dear Great Uncle Buddy. I just wanted to let you know how much I would love to have know you. The rimu tree you planted at Halloween in Matakohe still grows tall and strong. We have hung a swing from it, and my children, James and Fletcher, spend much time on it when we stay at Matakohe, in the house that replaced Halloween (your birth place), called Brigadoon - where your sister, Margot, and her husband, Kevin Husband, lived until Margot (Husband, nee Smith) died. We have a picture of you and your siblings and family taken on the day you left Matakohe for war all those years ago. I had the photo enlarged and have it framed in the dining room at Brigadoon. Margot loved you so much and missed you incredibly. You are always in our hearts. Much love, from your great niece. Sarah



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol. 2, p. 127. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
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