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Eric Subritzky

Group of POWs in Stalag XVIIIA, Germany, December 1941, received in New Zealand in January 1942. Vincent Hayes is third from the left in the front row. He is believed to have been the oldest in the group. The others in the photograph have not been identified. - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric AWMM
  • Surname
    Subritzky AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Eric Davis AWMM
  • Service number
    39305 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
    Pre 20 December 1939 AWMM Tokerau Beach, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Miss Raketa Davis (sister), Tokerau Beach, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1940 AWMM Single 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
    39305 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Entered camp at Palmerston North 26 January 1940 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 December 1939 AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    KaitaiaNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Crete, Greece AWMM
      18 May 1941-1945 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XVIII-D (later 306) AWMM
      5 July 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XVIII-A, Wolfsberg, Austria AWMM
      9 March 1943 transferred to AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag 317, Markt Pongau, St. Johann, Germany AWMM
      14 August 1944 AWMM
      transferred to AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1945 AWMM Confirmed safe in UK on 17 May 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 4424 AWMM

Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • On 18 May 1941 was listed as missing in action. On 5 July 1941 was confirmed POW through the international Red Cross

      Returned to New Zealand by ship in July 1945, arriving in Wellington 4 August 1945

      Listed in the Nominal Roll 2 as Eric Davis. Sister's maiden name is Subritzky AWMM
    • Legally a minor, Eric took his Grandmothers maiden surname of Davis to avoid being stopped from embarking with the battalion by his Grandfather A.W.T. Subritzky, his legal guardian. On his return from the war, Eric became a transport operator contracting to the Ministry of Works in the Far North. He did this until the mid-fifties when he began a long association with Downer Construction working in the Sth Island on various dam projects and then in Auckland on construction projects. He became a specialist crane operator with them until he left in the mid-sixties to set up in partnership his own mobile crane company. He managed the company until 1982 when he retired at 60yrs old and moved back north to Rangiputa on the Karikari peninsular, near the place of his birth. He died on November 16, 1986 and is buried at the Komako Cemetery on Kareponia Hill, Awanui. Public - Kenneth John - Child - 24 July 2015 - Personal knowledge
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About death

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • 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: WW2 48 AWMM


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24 July 2015Kenneth JohnAwanui, Northland, New ZealandChild
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