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Cyril Bertram Harsant Wigmore

Portrait, Cyril in 1940 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Cyril in 1940 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cyril Bertram Harsant AWMM
  • Surname
    Wigmore AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    26590 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 August 1916 AWMM WhitiangaWaikato AWMM
    Whitianga, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 11 October 1940 AWMM Purangi, Whitianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Purangi, Whitianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Kate Wigmore (mother), Purangi, Whitianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kate Wigmore (mother), Purangi, Whitianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Jaundice, severe case of chicken pox and an infected in-grown big toe nail AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart failure, renal impairment, pneumonia - following a heart attack. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Married Sybil Ruth Kirk. 2 daughters: Colleen Ruth and Janice Rosemarie.

    Long term effect of war was insomnia.

    Transcript of letter. 6.2.43

    Dear Sybil,

    I hope these things find you alright. The shops in Tripoli are nearly empty so I couldn't get what I wanted. The words on the handkerchief A esondo Della Libia, is souvenior [sic] of Libya in English. The knife is one I made myself, as a butter knife. It is synthetic glass, a piece of the windscreen of a German bomber, so you have a bit of the Luftwaffe in your posession [sic]. The other is a tablecentre I guess, but it might be anything I guess.


    First embarkation was to Fiji on board the Ranagtira, escorted by the armed merchant ship the Monowai. was stationed in Fiji for six months. Returned on the Ranagtira with the Achilles as an escort.

    Had ten days leave back in camp in New Zealand.

    Later left Wellington on the Acquitania, disembarking at Port Tewfik, Egypt.

    On the way back to NZ boarded the Argentina at the Adriatic port of Ancona and sailed for Bari. Then boarded the French Liner the Champollion for Egypt. Later boarded the Highland Brigade where onboard one man died of smallpox. For this reason was not allowed ashore when reached melbourne, Australia - the ship was seen to be flying the yellow flag of quarantine.

    Disembarked in Auckland

    Served at total of 4 years & 305 days AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 18 September 1994 AWMM
      Age 78 AWMM
    • 18 September 1994 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Puhinui, Manukau City AWMM Ashes scattered at sea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald 19 & 20 Sept 1994

    Waikato Times AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Servicemen's Section, Whitianga Cemetery, Ferry Landing AWMM

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  • Cyril Wigmore was one of my Dad’s [David Woodard Fletcher] close mates in the 21st Battalion North Africa Campaign , and later in the 5th Field Ambulance Italy Campaign. After the war he was one of my father’s groomsmen at my parents wedding. As a child I remember a number occasions when the Wigmore’s visited our home in Manurewa. I would really appreciate any contact with the Wigmore family to share any details of Cyril (and Dave’s) war service they have. I have my Father’s war photo’s, and memoirs, and war letters, some of which may be of interest to the Wigmore family .
    Public - Graham - Researcher - 9 September 2021



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  • External links
  • References
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) 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 3: WW2 513 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 377 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      NZ Herald 19 & 20 Sept 1994 AWMM
    • Waikato Times AWMM
      Waikato Times AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171) AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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