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John Torkilsen

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 24), Page: 9 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 24), Page: 9 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Torkilsen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Torkilson AWMM
    • John AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 25/244 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
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Matilda Barclay (sister), Norsewood, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 25/244 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Torkilsen was the son of Ole and Maren Torkilsen.

    Surname is recorded as Torkilson on Nominal Roll, Torkilsen in all other references. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France 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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  • Memorial name
    Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM

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  • John Lewis Torkildsen Hansen. - - We do remember you John. Often throughout each passing year. Every weekend when I dance in freedom to delightful music at RSA venues - - - we do remember.
    Public - Robert Erin - Other relative - 15 April 2016
  • John Torkilsen was born June 12, 1894 as John Lewis Hansen, the 11th child of Peter Edvard Hansen and Jørgine Larsdatter Hansen being Norwegian settlers of Norsewood, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. They had arrived into Napier during 1872 and were founding settlers of Norsewood. John's mother sadly died on June 25, 1894 just 13 days after John's birth. John was taken into the home of fellow Norwegian settlers and close family friends Ole and Maren Torkildsen ( correct spelling) and there raised with their three children. The Hansen descendants are grateful to the Torkildsen family for having shown such compassion with love and care of John Lewis through to adulthood to then be snatched by the viciousness of war. A change has been made on the Cenotaph at Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay, NZ with the addition of the birth name Hansen.
    Public - Robert Erin - Other Relative - 27 January 2015



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15 April 2016Robert ErinWhakatane, New ZealandOther relative
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