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John James Delahunty

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Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John James AWMM
  • Surname
    Delahunty AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    48037 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 September 1906 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 17 April 1941 AWMM 25 Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss Violet Mary Delahunty (sister), 25 Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 September 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 17 April 1941 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fit AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Treated in 6 NZ Field Ambulance Hospital in 1944 in Italy - shrapnel in back (for which a war pension was paid). He was treated again in Dunedin Hospital on his return to New Zealand. AWMM
    • Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
      Emphysemia, lung cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John was married on 31 October 1945 to Margaret Alma Connor (deceased 1994). They had four children: Catherine, Peter Edward, John Russell and Raymund Neil. All were born in Dunedin.

    A family history has been compiled by John's daughter.

    The army records record his date of birth incorrectly as 1907. The New Zealand Special Company was composed of roughly twenty picked men at any given time and was part of the Australian Special Service. The latter unit was engaged in clandestine operations against the Japanese in the Pacific and South East Asian Area between 1941 and 1945. However, the Special Service only commenced active operations against the Japanese after Pearl Harbour (ie December 1941. The Australian and New Zealand Army High Commands were aware of a looming conflict with the Japanese prior to Pearl Harbour and hence the Special Service was formed. Those who served in the Special Service Company prior to December 1941 were trained in Australia. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 October 1968 AWMM
    Age 62 AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Andersons Bay Cemetery, Tomahawk Road, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM Blk 191, Pl. 31-33 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Otago Daily Times 21 October 1968 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • RIP Dad - Remembering you on this ANZAC Day 25 Apr 2022
    Public - Catherine - Child - 25 April 2022
  • Remembering my Dad - ANZAC Day 2021
    Public - Catherine - Other relative - 25 April 2021
  • Remembering today - not the usual ANZAC Day routine due to Covid-19 RIP, Dad
    Public - Catherine - Child - 25 April 2020
    Public - Catherine - Child - 25 April 2017
    Public - Catherine - Child - 25 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.57 AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2022Catherine Dunedin, NZChild
25 April 2017Catherine Dunedin, New ZealandChild

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