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Shirley Whitfield Nicholson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Shirley Whitfield AWMM
  • Surname
    Nicholson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    1569 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 February 1914 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1939 AWMM 59 Coronation Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs GM Nicholson (wife), 3 Sherbourne Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: New Zealand Gazette, 2 May 1946. Citation: "Lieutenant Colonel S.W. Nicholson commanded 6 New Zealand Field Regiment from February until hostilities ended with the capture of Trieste on 2 May 1945 ... During his period of over five years service with 2 New Zealand Division, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson ... has successively held the appointments of Troop Commander, Adjutant, Staff Captain RA, Battery Commander both Field and Anti-Tank and has the almost unequalled record of having commanded for a period in action the following Regiments of 2 New Zealand Division Artillery: 4 NZ Field Regiment, 5 NZ Field Regiment, 6 NZ Field Regiment and 7 NZ Anti-Tank Regiment. In all his appointments, he has shown a devotion to duty of the highest order and has proved himself a thrusting, capable and resourceful commander." (Haigh & Polaschek, p188) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration and bar (ED*) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1939 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Customs agent/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Promoted to Captain while serving in Greece.

    Promoted to Major, June 1942.

    Promoted to Lt Colonel, October 1944.

    Served as Commanding Officer (CO) of 5 Field Regiment, New Zealand Artillery (NZA), 11 October - 1 December 1944.

    CO of 7 Anti-Tank Regiment, NZA, December 1944 - March 1945.

    CO of 6 Field Regiment, NZA, 30 March - May 1945.

    Returned to New Zealand in June 1945. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    31 October 1991 AWMM
    Age 77 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



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  • External links
  • References
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 134 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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