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Keith John Watson

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Keith John AWMM
  • Surname
    Watson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    32448 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 April 1904 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
    Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Knox Manse, Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J.F. Watson (wife), Knox Manse, Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    32448 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - PG 38, Poppi, Italy AWMM
      Sidi Rezegh, Western Desert AWMM
      1 December 1941 AWMM
      Chaplain's Department, attached 24 Infantry Battalion AWMM
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Oflag V-A, Weinberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - PG 47, Modena, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "In the morning [29 November 1941], when Colonel Shuttleworth made a tour of inspection, he found his men still in good heart and ready for whatever might befall. There was sporadic shelling later in the day, and Padre Watson, of 24 Battalion, aroused the admiration of an observant corporal who watched him carefully while he was reading the burial service under fire to see whether he hurried unduly or missed out any of the prayers." (24 Battalion Official History, p. 83)

    Details of deployment with New Zealand Chaplains' Department not evident, embarked on Nominal Roll with 2 General Hospital.

    The Auckland War Memorial Museum displays a letter from Captain Watson of Prisoner of War Camp no 38, Italy, to Sergeant J. W. Kealy, NZEF, British Red Cross Cairo, Egypt , in the exhibit 'In the Bag' of the 'Scars on the Heart'. AWMM
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Death

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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Haigh, J. (1983). Men of faith and courage: the official history of the New Zealand Chaplains Department. Auckland, N.Z.: The Word Publishers. AWMM
    • Rev. M. L. Underhill ... [et al.] (1950). New Zealand chaplains in the Second World War. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. 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 501 AWMM
    • Haigh, J. (1983). Men of faith and courage: the official history of the New Zealand Chaplains Department. Auckland, N.Z.: The Word Publishers. AWMM
      Haigh, J. (1983). p. 137 M.C. citation; p. 148 portrait; p. 149 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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