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Albert Stanley Coleman

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21st Battalion Roll of Honour, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin 2017.

21st Battalion Roll of Honour, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Albert Stanley AWMM
  • Surname
    Coleman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    61941 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 August 1911 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 60 Newton Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. P. Coleman, 60 Newton Road, Auckland, New Zealand (wife) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    61941 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Painter AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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  • Known to his family as Albie and mates as Bill, Albert Stanley Coleman emigrated to New Zealand from London, England with his family, at the age of two years, on the "Remuera"where they settled in Auckland. Bill was one of a family of eight, two brothers, three sisters and two step brothers. His trade was a painter/paperhanger, but he could turn his hand to any jobs in the lean years before the war. On the 3 August 1937 he married Margaret Simpson of Timaru, and on the 8 June 1938 their only child Ann Patricia was born. He served during World War II for two years before his death, which left a deep void in the life of his wife (aged 26 years) and daughter (aged 4 years).

    Personal items that belonged to Bill Coleman and were sent back to his widow, are on display in the Auckland War Memorial Museum exhibition 'The Home Front' of 'Scars on the Heart'. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    El AlameinWestern Desert AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2093060
    Sources Used
  • References
    • 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.72 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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