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Edward William Santi



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward William AWMM
  • Surname
    Santi AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    20311 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 December 1917 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 13 September 1939 AWMM 40 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr Humbert Santi (father), 40 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    20311 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      DCM. Action for which commended: "Bombardier Santi was a gunlayer throughout the action on No. 3 gun. In this action at Thermoplane this gun was the most forward 25 pounder and was acting in the a/tk role. During the attack by German guns on the afternoon of 24 April 1941, by his skill at laying and extreme coolness in action Bdr Santi destroyed nine tanks. The gun was shelled by tanks and continually bombed and machine-gunned by 'planes'. When all the ammunition had been expended, orders to withdraw were received. The gun crew prepared to destroy the gun by firing it with a long lanyard. They retired to the end of the lanyard and pulled it out but the gun failed to fire. Bdr Santi went back to the gun under fire and refixed the lanyard, then came back and fired it. He then went back to the gun again and made sure it was destroyed before thinking of his own safety. These actions were witnessed by 2nd Lieutenant Parkes who was Section Comd and in charge of No. 3 gun during the action." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 13 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Tinsmith/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 10 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Red AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Humbert Edward Santi and Mabel Maxwell Santi (nee Davidson) of Wellington.

    Two sons, brothers served in WW2: Edward William Santi (20311) kia and Frank Humbert Santi (2302). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    29 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM

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  • External links
  • 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
      WW2 2: WW2 164 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp. 89, 128 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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