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William John Nicholson

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John AWMM
  • Surname
    Nicholson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill Nicholson AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 455787 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
    WW2 Okaihau, Northland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1944 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 455787 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1944 2NZEF Nom. Roll 14, p.73 Carpenter/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 14, p.73
    OkaihauNorth Auckland 2NZEF Nom. Roll 14, p.73
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Nicholson was the son of Cecil Nicholson, and of Edith Margaret Nicholson (nee Imins), of Okaihau, New Zealand.

    Was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs C. Nicholson of Okaihau. He was born in Okaihau and educated at Waimate North and Kaikohe District High School.

    On leaving school he took up carpentry in the the Bay of Island. On going overseas towards the latter part of 1944, he was drafted into the 21st battalion of the Middle East Forces and was in the early stages of the 8th Army's new offensive on the Italian front when he was killed in action. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    5 April 1945 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM IV. A. 19. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Okaihau First World War memorial gates, Horeke Rd, Northland AWMM
    • Kaikohe War Memorial Hall, Memorial Drive Kaikohe Far North AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2237663
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.73 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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