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William Stewart Watson

HMNZS Kaniere, Group 10 sailors, informally photographed on the wharf beside HMNZS Kaniere , William S. Watson is the tallest. 1956 (photo supplied by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

HMNZS Kaniere, Group 10 sailors, informally photographed on the wharf beside HMNZS Kaniere , William …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Stewart AWMM
  • Surname
    Watson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 June 1927 Family Source Family Source
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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William was the Commander of the HMNZS Monowai, it was originally the Moanaroa and recommissioned as a navy vessel in Scotland and renamed HMNZS Monowai. William oversaw the conversion.

    OBE recipient.

    Funeral service held at St Michael's Catholic Church, Beatrice Rd, Remuera. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    24 March 1998 AWMM
    Age 70 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 March 1998 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Unpublished papers: correspondence with family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 March 1998 AWMM


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