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William John Southworth

Roll of Honour for All Saints Ponsonby Road. "1939-1945 In grateful remembrance of God's Servants". Image provided by Armoury Volunteer (2014). 25 local service people. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John AWMM
  • Surname
    Southworth AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2611 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
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1941 AWMM
    World War 2/wars AWMM
    Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2611 AWMM
  • Military service
    21 Infantry Battalion 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 2NZEF Nom. Roll 2, p.173 School teacher/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 2, p.173
    2NZEF Nom. Roll 2, p.173
  • 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Southworth was the son of John Southworth and of Dorothy Mary Southworth (nee Dickinson), of Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    • 22 May 1941 AWMM
      Age 21 AWMM
      CreteGreece AWMM
    • 6 September 1969 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece AWMM 12. D. 9. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    All Saints Church, 284 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby Auckland 1011 AWMM

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  • William was my first cousin. He had one sibling Alec. I was born 2 months before Bill was killed in Crete. We always had two photos of Bill on our mantle piece at home. One was when he was aged about 15 dressed in church robes as he was involved in the local Epsom Anglican Church in Auckland.
    The other was in his army uniform, he was 21. He was dearly beloved by his family and ours and he was always remembered and spoken of so I grew up “ knowing” cousin Bill.
    Both of my brothers John and Bill have visited his grave in Suda Bay Crete and as I write this my son Gerald and his son Tim are about to pay a visit also.
    Remembered always.
    Helen Southworth/Jurie 26.4.2019
    Public - Helen - Other relative - 26 April 2019



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  • External links
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    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • 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
      p.173 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM


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26 April 2019HelenWellington New ZealandOther relative
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