condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

William George Odlum

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William George AWMM
  • Surname
    Odlum AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    "Dad" Odlum AWMM
  • Service number
    24209 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    15 May 1911 AWMM AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Patetonga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs V. Griffiths (sister), Ngatea, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›
  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    24209 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

Contribute ›
  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

Contribute ›
  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 28 November 1941 AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Odlum was Dad of "Dad and Dave" fame.

    On 23 November 1941, some members of 24 Battalion "investigated a deserted German camp below the escarpment ... Towards evening Pte Odlum ... found a cave the other searchers had missed. The cave was very dark but contained a lot of Jerry gear, and "Dad" had set his heart on a German blade razor. He had been inside about a quarter of an hour poking round and striking matches when quite unexpectedly he stumbled on four Jerries asleep in a corner. A moment later he appeared at the mouth of the cave preceded by four sleepy looking Germans and stood waving his arms in excitement and shouting 'Oi! Oi!' in the general direction of the platoon." (24 Battalion Official History, p. 67) AWMM
Read more

Death

About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
  • 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

Contribute ›
  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember William George Odlum by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of William George Odlum

Leave a note

Contribute ›

Sources

Sources

Contribute ›
  • External links
    Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-24Ba.html
    Further Reference
  • 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. (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 357 AWMM
The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.

Creative Commons License Online Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License