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Arnold Kenneth Beale Williams

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  W_017. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel W_017. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arnold Kenneth Beale AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    16452 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 November 1913 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Te Puia Springs, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 January 2016 - Research
  • Birth notes
    Son of Arnold Beetham Williams and Ema Reremoana Williams Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 6 January 2016 -
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Te Puia Springs, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A.B. Williams (father), Te Puia Springs, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 01 Apr 1941-30 June 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    16452 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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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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    • Son of Arnold Beetham Williams and Ema Reremoana Williams, of Te Puia Springs. AWMM
    • During this period Div Cav was suddenly the poorer for a much loved, strong, & very picturesque character. On 13 January Trooper Williams was killed. He was arriving back at his troop casa after returning the ration containers—rations were always ‘cunning munga’ in his parlance—when a mortar bomb landed nearby. His companion was wounded, but Arnold took the last 2 or 3 paces inside & fell down dead, with shrapnel through his head. He was a particularly kind & gentle man inside, and outside, rough and rugged. One of a large and closely-knit family, he & his Air Force brother, who had died in a German hospital in Yugoslavia some 4 months earlier, had often proved capable of overcoming not only time but also great distance to see each other. Arnold was irregular in dress &, despite all contrary orders over head-dress, retained for use, whenever possible, his old felt hat, which he wore caved in, & with a leather strap woven through some knife-cuts in place of a puggaree. In Italy it was typical of him that he was never satisfied to sleep where others did & was particularly fond of making his bed in the big bread ovens in the walls of the houses. Stories of him—‘Arnold stories’ to Div Cav—went the rounds of the Division. He once, when banking on having no squadron inspection and realising he was caught, took a smart pace back from the rear rank, extracted the pull- through from his rifle-butt, cleaned the bore, & stepped back into line with nobody in authority any the wiser. On another occasion the inspecting officer, Lt-Col Carruth, noticing the bagginess of his pants, stopped & said: ‘No braces, Trooper?’, to be floored by the quasi-friendly reply, ‘No buttons at the back, eh!’ In Tunisia he drove the carrier for the ‘I’ Corporal, ‘Banjo’ Pattison. He got steadily more & more annoyed at a stiff steering wheel & wrenched it harder & harder at each bend, until it finally came off in his hands. Whereupon he solemnly handed it up to the crew commander with the remark: ‘Here y'are, Banjo. Drive the bast..d yourself!’ But his most famous exploit of all was whilst on a train-guard in the Nile Delta when everybody was at loss for hot water for a brew of tea. Down the main line came roaring the Cairo-Alexandria express, which was met by A.K.B. standing between the rails, his arm held up imperiously. When it screeched to a panting halt he walked round to the driver, handed up one issue cigarette in exchange for a jet of steam from the boiler-pump exhaust into his billy, stood back & waved the train on its way.
      Arnold passes out of this story mourned by all of Div Cav, buried in the Romagna in a grave dug under the snow. Even the sky wept that day. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 January 2016 -
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About death

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  • Death
    13 January 1945 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM I.A.10. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p. 391. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.378 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
18 December 2019KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
06 January 2016Lorraine M Gisborne, NZResearcher
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