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Sydney Alfred Robert Purnell

Rotorua Citizens War Memorial (World War 2), War Memorial Park names Ingram - Sullivan, T. (Photo G.A. Fortune 1999) - Image has All Rights Reserved

Rotorua Citizens War Memorial (World War 2), War Memorial Park names Ingram - Sullivan, T. (Photo G. …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sydney Alfred Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Purnell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    4009 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
    Unknown AWMM New Zealand Army Permant Staff AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs V.C. Purnell (wife), Tawai Street, Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    4009 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and 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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
    20 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece AWMM 2. D. 17. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Rotorua Citizens War Memorial (World War 2) AWMM
    • Mount Albert Grammar School, Alberton Ave, Mount Albert Auckland 1025 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/937019
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record 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 152 AWMM

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30 April 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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