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Ronald Leslie Wendelborn

Photo 1: Ronald Wendelborn, Nelson, 1937 - This image may be subject to copyright

Photo 1: Ronald Wendelborn, Nelson, 1937 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Wendelborn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    261111 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 February 1917 AWMM BrightwaterNelson AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 19 March 1941 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
    NelsonTasman AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Fourth child of Hyam and Katherine Wendelborn of Nelson, New Zealand. Ronald's father had enlisted in the services during WWI but the war ended before he left the country.

    Ronald's brother, Clifford Laurence (16215), also served in WWII with 4 Armoured Brigade. See his separate Cenotaph record for more details.

    Ronald served as a driver and a cook with the Signal Corps before transferring to 4 Armoured Brigade on 25 March 1944.

    He returned to New Zealand on 23 January 1946. During the trip back, Ronald requested a demotion from Sergeant back to Corporal.

    Married Audrey Miriam Borlase in Brightwater, Nelson on 14 April 1947. They had two children. Ronald and Audrey separated in 1959. Ronald moved to Collingwood with his sister, who worked as his housekeeper until her death. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 July 1996 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
    BrightwaterNelson AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brightwater Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.203 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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