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Patrick Edward Homan



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Patrick Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Homan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Homo Homan AWMM
  • Service number
    34404 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 April 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre Nov 1939 AWMM 9 Pitt Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Homan (mother), 9 Pitt Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Trentham AWMM
    • Explosives School AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Nov 1939 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Radio Mechanic/Civilian 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
      Burnt hands as a result of a flash explosion AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Seriously injured when trying to dismantle bombs - lost his hearing in left ear, fractured his jaw, lost teeth, fractured orbital bone and forehead, broke his nose which resulted in one eye slightly higher than the other, admitted to Ancona Hospital, Italy for facial injuries. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Gladys Mary; father of Verna and Mark.

    Patrick recalls being at Cassino where he was singled out for training in how to dismantle mines, they had millions planted in Italy. After the training sessions he was invited to a centre. Tiny Freyberg and some other important commanders were there and they shook hands and thanked him for his input.

    He fought in the Sangro River Crossing in which they were involved in pontoon bridges, they had not trained with these bridges, rather bailey bridges. It rained and the trucks were bogged down, everything ran behind. They tried to get off, but the Germans blew up the bridge. They all ended up in the water, which was freezing. "I didn't do anything heroic, I just wanted to get dry and warm, I thought about what I'd seen once we regrouped and I wept and wept. I thought more of this and the war will be over. Our leader Frank Tuck came and saw me and we talked and talked and he brought a bottle of whisky, which we drank. I think he saved my life, I felt so miserable."

    Resident of Manningville Pensioner Village in Retirement

    The nickname Homo Homan was used only by his enemies. Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2000 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 January 2005 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    Three KingsAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, January 2005 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family 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 221 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, January 2005 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171) AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM

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