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George William Donnelly

Portrait (kindly provided by his son) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (kindly provided by his son) - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    George William AWMM
  • Surname
    Donnelly AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    23975 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Wairata, Opotiki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs G. Donnelly (mother), Wairata, Opotiki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    23975 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
      With 24 Battalion AWMM
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
    • WW2
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 103, Treviso, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Treviso, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 103/6, Treviso, Italy Memories of Camp 103/6
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 138655 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Three sons, brothers: Frank David Donnelly (6879) and George William Donnelly (23975) and James Robert Donnelly (620519) served in World War 2.

    An uncle, Frank Feather (12/734) died on active service in World War 1 and George visited his grave in Cairo during wartime.

    In 1943, George Lochhead was tasked with selecting two teams of New Zealanders and Australians from PG 57 Gruppignano to work at two camps 103/6 Ampezzo and 103/7 Sauris in the Dolomites, the former mining for the construction of a power station, and the latter creating the dam on Lake Sauris that would provide the water for the station.

    Among the men at 103/6 was Arthur Douglas, who had been taught to draw in PG 52. At the end of the war he had his sketches printed and every POW who had worked alongside him got a copy. The booklet "Memories of camp 103/6" lists all the men at 103/6. The men stayed there until September, when they were sent to Germany. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    2000 AWMM
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  • 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

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Sources

Sources

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  • 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
  • References
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. 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 127 AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. 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
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Douglas, A. (1945). Memories of camp 103/6. [New Zealand] : [publisher not identified]. AWMM

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