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Kenneth Gordon Ritchie

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Family portrait, WW2, brothers John (Royal Navy) and Ken (270151) in uniform - This image may be subject to copyright

Family portrait, WW2, brothers John (Royal Navy) and Ken (270151) in uniform - This image may be sub …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Ritchie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Ken AWMM
    • Snow AWMM
  • Service number
    270151 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 July 1921 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1940 AWMM 19 Cooper Street, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Dorothy Agnes Ritchie (mother), 19 Cooper Street, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    270151 AWMM
  • Military service
    Wellington College Cadets (2 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Foxton & Waiouru 1940-41 AWMM
    • Trentham 1943 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VII-A, Moosburg, Germany AWMM
      Monte Cassino, Italy AWMM
      09 Feb 1944-Apr 1945 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XI-A (later 341), Altengrabow, Germany AWMM
    • WW2
      9 February 1944 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Salonike, Greece - VIII-B Lamsdorf, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 April 1945 AWMM Liberated by the British AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 142689 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Slightly injured at Cassino, eye injury, went to Advanced Dressing Station at Frosinoni?. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ken's wife says : 'My husband's brother who is 12 years younger remembers opening the door when the telegram arrived to say Ken was missing in action. I believe it was some months before the family found out he was a prisoner of war. Ken's other brother John was in the Navy and served with the British Navy, so there were two boys away at the same time. Both arrived back home luckily.'

    Liberated by British AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    2 February 2002 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 110 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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