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Ivo Hartley Watson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ivo Hartley AWMM
  • Surname
    Watson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    63293 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 February 1912 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Rawenga Road, St Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ivo Henry Watson (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Gardener and House builder/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Poland AWMM
      Sidi Rezegh, Western Desert AWMM
      28 Nov 1941-Jul 1945 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Brick Factory at Dunderstadt, Göttingen, Germany AWMM
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Salonike, Greece - VIII-B Lamsdorf, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 148, Verona, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 July 1945 AWMM Liberated by the American spearhead AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 28769 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Remarks, Unknown Period AWMM
      Had a stomach ulcer yet was pronounced A1 fit. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Measles AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Malaria - admitted Poznam Hospital, Poland. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart and kidney failure AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 23 October 1945 AWMM
    War Over! AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Had special rations in Prisoner of War Camp Stalag 8B

    According to his wife "When the American spearhead came through, the prisoners guards had already slunk off into the bush. Ivo and his brother Harry went towards the sound of guns, saw an American tank straddling the railway line. They waved their "white" singlets at them, and said "Welcome to Germany". The Americans lifted the lid off the tank and said "Where the hell did you learn to speak English in the middle of Germany?" Ivo and Harry told them their fellow prisoners of war were just around the corner so the Americans blew up the railway line & came & liberated them. Ivo and Harry took a woman's bike to get to the American post. Ivo worried if the woman ever got her bike back."

    Served in NZ 278 days and overseas for 4 years 104 days.

    Received 50th Anniversary Commemorative medal. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 9 August 1998 AWMM
      Age 86 AWMM
    • 9 August 1998 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Puhinui, Manukau City AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Watson, Ivo Hartley. Second World War experiences of Ivo Hartley Watson and Harry Watson, 1992. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2002/203 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. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.369 AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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