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Nicholas Joseph Matich

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Nicholas Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Matich AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII NZ414658 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 July 1917 AWMM Te KopuruNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Ranfurly Street, Dargaville, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr V. Matich (father), Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 17 November 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
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Shop assistant/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Result of Disabilities caused by stroke in 1987 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Father and mother born in Yugoslavia. Eldest son of family of 4 boys and 4 girls. A cousin, Ivan Matich, also served in World War 2.

    He was a member of No.4 Solo Flight Training School at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1941.

    He was a member of the 'Caterpillar' and 'Late Arrivals' clubs. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    25 September 1992 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Dargaville, New Mount Wesley RSA Cemetery, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald

    Death Notice: Northland Times AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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    Public - AMANDA - Other relative - 29 December 2015
  • In memory of Uncle Nick, He talked sparingly about the war and never acknowledged its affect on him. My late father (also in the war) marveled at his exploits during the war. He is a family hero, a war hero whose sacrifices helped preserve the freedom and life we have today. God bless you Uncle Nick. Pocivao u miru
    Public - Christopher - Other Relative - 31 August 2015
  • In remembrance of Uncle Nick, a true hero. Rest in peace.
    Public - Paul - Other Relative - 26 April 2015
  • Just discovered talking to my Dad (Patrick Anthony Matich) that we have a Hero in the Family. Quite proud of our cousin. Have shown my 7 year old son who has become quite interested in the history of WW2. Good reminder of what our family's all sacrificed throughout two world wars for us to be here today. Lest we forget.
    Public - Dane Patrick - Other Relative - 18 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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26 August 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher
29 December 2015AMANDADARGAVILLEOther relative
31 August 2015ChristopherGold Coast AustraliaOther Relative
26 April 2015PaulAuckland nzOther Relative
18 April 2015Dane PatrickAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative

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