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William John Sherlock

Wreath, 1999, laid by the Greek Community on the Cenotaph in Auckland and later moved to the Hall of Memories, Auckland War Memorial Museum on Anzac Day 1999 in memory of those who died in Greece. - This image may be subject to copyright

Wreath, 1999, laid by the Greek Community on the Cenotaph in Auckland and later moved to the Hall of …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John AWMM
  • Surname
    Sherlock AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    30687 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • 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
    Greece AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    30687 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • William Sherlock was the son of John and Ruby Illma Sherlock, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. AWMM
    • William had 3 brothers who all served in WW2, Ronald (Ron), Gordon and Owen (Maxwell Owen). Owen was WIA in Italy and died in 2002., he is buried in the Military section of Whanganui cemetery Public - David - Other Relative - 31 March 2015 - Family oral history
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About death

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  • Death
    18 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    GreeceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Memorial name
    Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM

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  • William John Sherlock was My Late Fathers Brother. My Father was Maxwell Owen Sherlock. He had two other brothers. Gordon Sherlock and Ron Sherlock.Ron lived in Christchurch and Westport. Gordon lived in Pahiatua near Palmerston North.All brothers saw action in the middle east and Italy during WW11.
    Public - Graeme Robert - Direct descendant - 23 September 2017
  • I am trying to determine if William Sherlock was the friend of my grandfather's who was killed on Crete in World War Two. All we know about this friend is his name/possible nickname ("Bob") and approximate age (22-24; though this is estimate only). We also have a photo. My Grandfather, 7405 CPL L.T. Fisher, served in 27 MG Bn (10 Platoon, 4 Company) and was captured on Crete. Would be awesome if anyone out there has photos for comparison! Cheers, Ross
    Public - Ross - 22 July 2017



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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
      p.168 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
23 September 2017Graeme RobertAuckland New ZealandDirect descendant
22 July 2017RossWellington, New ZealandOther
31 March 2015DavidCotton Tree, Qld AustraliaOther Relative

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