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James William Gwilliam


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James William AWMM
  • Surname
    Gwilliam AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    283749 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 October 1921 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 8 Moa Road, Pt Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs D.M. Gwilliam (wife), 20 Euston Road, Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    283749 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Gwilliam, James William. (Ref. WO 373/14/301). Military Medal. MM: Received 11 April 1945 at Santerno, Italy for gallantry displayed carrying wounded back to safety while under enemy fire. AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Served as a medical orderly with 24 Battalion, C Company

    Private J. W. Gwilliam, MM; Auckland; born Auckland, 5 Oct 1921; clothing presser. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.321.)

    'Colonel Hutchens called a conference on the night of 11 April, directing C and D Companies to attempt the canal crossing at dawn. Moving quietly forward with tanks in support, the attacking force reached the river bank unhindered except for sporadic mortar fire. Within less than an hour C Company had all three platoons across, with the loss of eight wounded. Corporal Smith10 earned the MM for the dash and courage with which he led his section, and Private Gwilliam, a medical orderly, won the same award for carrying back wounded under fire. D Company was on its objective soon after C. One of its leading platoons was held up on the far bank by fire from a concealed dugout, but Private Freeman went forward alone and captured the position with eight prisoners. Though wounded in the shoulder, he escorted them back across the river and handed them over personally before consenting to go down the line. He also was awarded the MM.' (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p. 321.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 39 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.321. AWMM

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