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Walter Eric Von Schramm

Photograph of wreath laying ceremony courtesy 21 Battalion Association. Captain W.E. von Schramm MiD, ED, carrying wreath. (Note Sir Dove Meyer Robinson standing on grass - wearing mayor chain) - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Eric AWMM
  • Surname
    Von Schramm AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Wally AWMM
  • Service number
    22239 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 July 1908 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 8 February 1940 AWMM Lincoln Road, Henderson, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 7 March 1946 AWMM Royal Road, Massey, Henderson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Eva Von Schramm (wife), Roberts Road, Henderson, New Zealand AWMM
    • Laura von Schramm (mother), Royal Road, Massey, Henderson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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 9 inches AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Walter Eric von Schramm was the son of Albert Paul von Schramm and Laura von Schramm nee Boswell who lived in Lincoln Road, Henderson, Auckland. Wally had a Family Tree chart, which traced the family back to lands formerly owned by the von Schramms in Europe.

    Walter was married on 10 January 1940

    Wally told many stories about his years in the Army and one of them which he told with a laugh concerned a visit of the King of Greece to a New Zealand War Cemetery. When the King arrived a senior officer said "Stand aside Schramm, I will show the King around".

    In his sixties, Wally could still quote the measurements and layout of a war cemetery, and said that even though he had buried so many New Zealand boys, after the war he found it difficult if he came across a motor accident.

    After the war Wally worked for the Auckland Transport Board, at the Epsom Tram Depot, where over the years he kept notes on each tram he worked on, and these note books were given to Motat during the 1960's. After the tram depot he worked for Chairs and Frames, and then in 1966 for C.L. Stevenson Ltd, 70 Boston Road, Mt Eden. Stevensons were wholesale toy merchants and if ever new shelving was needed Wally was the man for the job. After the company was sold at the end of 1967 Wally stayed on with the new owners for a short time, then went to work for a lawnmower repair shop.

    Each ANZAC Day at the 11.00am service at the Cenotaph outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Wally placed the wreath on behalf of 21 Battalion Association. He carried on doing this even when a problem with his knee was clearly obvious as he walked.

    Wally died 21 April 1980 aged 71 years, a funeral service was held in St James Presbyterian Church, Beresford Street, Auckland. His ashes were interred at Waikaraka Cemetery, Military Memorial, Ashes Lawn Area, Row C, Plot 18,

    During the years spent at C.L. Stevenson Ltd., the carrier for the company was 258693.

    Harold DENTON, Div. Signals, 2nd N.Z.E.F. Harold died 20 March 2002, at the Roskill Masonic Village, Auckland. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 24 April 1980 AWMM
      Age 71 AWMM
    • 24 April 1980 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Ashes Lawn Area. Row C. Plot 18 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 191 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 137 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
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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