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William Douglas Friday

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Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Friday AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Farraday AWMM
  • Service number
    29312 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 August 1917 AWMM KawhiaKawhia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 2 Catherine Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs K. Friday (mother), Poro-o-tarao, South Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 19 December 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    29312 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      DCM: London Gazette, 20 January 1942, citation: "Private Friday displayed determined leadership, inspiring initiative and continual acts of bravery from 23 November 1941 when his Company first went into action in Libya. In particular, he distinguished himself when as a sole survivor of his Company, he mounted a Bren carrier and with complete disregard of heavy artillery, mortar and small-arms fire, directed the machine-gun fire of his carrier on to enemy machine-gun posts and repeatedly shouted words of encouragement and inspiration to the defenders of an open flank. These actions undoubtedly were instrumental in assisting to repulse the attack, which was of such intensity that two Companies of the Battalion were over-run." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Timber worker/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 22 November 1943; returned to active service 30 April 1944. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • After the war, Friday changed his surname by deed poll to Farraday, after 1963. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1986 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
    Schnapper Rock AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record 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 3: WW2 162 AWMM
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