First off, have you downloaded the Excel spreadsheet?
Any amount of information abounds both online and offline relating to New Zealand’s involvement in World War II. Sadly, information peculiar to just Northland is sorely lacking.
Over time it is my hope to be able to provide you with an extensive list of useful resources to assist you with your research efforts. For the moment though, the following will have to suffice.
A little bit of a background to Whangarei’s Parahaka (Parahaki) memorial to those who served and fell in World War II.
An article in the Northern Advocate dated 3rd March 2014 on the proposed move of the Rose Street World War I memorial and construction of a new memorial honouring all who died on active service during wars in which New Zealand has participated. The memorial has now been dedicated and so timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Anzac troops landing in Gallipoli. Hopefully I have been able to assist in some small way by making available to Ian Reid of the Whangarei RSA, some of the information I have on my database.
The feedback on Freedom’s Call and the spreadsheet, received from Mr Reid has been especially supportive and uplifting.
The Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Service site lists the rolls for the New Zealand Army Nursing Service (NZANS) and the New Zealand Women’s Army Auxilliary Corps (NZWAAC). The latter was integrated with the NZANS in 1947. It also includes the rolls for J-Force from 1946 to 1948.
An example of the wealth of information available from Papers Past online, featuring an account of one of Northland’s sons, Capt. B D Gerard, relating his escape from captivity in Italy.
An excellent source of information for those wanting to find out more about those taken as prisoner of war.
In my opinion membership of the NZ Society of Genealogists is mandatory, if you wish to avail yourself of the best possible research tools available. Links to the Northland branches of the Society are available here. All branches and Head Office have copies of the spreadsheet on CD, together with the supporting pdf.
If you are right into World War II history and happen to live in Auckland, and are wanting information on the particular battles or are keen to delve through biographies and personal reminiscences, or general overviews of the New Zealand military, then search under World War 1939-1945 on the catalogue page of the Auckland Libraries website. You should also check out the excellent history.net.nz website.
Direct off the RSA NZ (Returned Services Association, New Zealand) website .. “Today we have 105,000 members throughout New Zealand. People join us because their parents or grandparents did, because they want to connect with the values we foster, because it’s a great place to socialise and bring the family, and because they want to keep New Zealand communities, safe, fun, healthy, and inclusive”. Have you thought about joining?
Here are the Northland branches of the RSA:
FAR NORTH (KAITAIA) RSA
18 Matthews Avenue, Kaitaia, 0410
PO Box 163,Kaitaia,0441
09 408 0423
HOKIANGA MEMORIAL RSA
Sth Hokianga Memorial Hall, State Highway 12, Opononi, 0445
PO Box 33,Opononi,0445
KAIKOHE AND DISTRICT MEMORIAL RSA
158 Broadway, Kaikohe, 0405
PO Box 379,Kaikohe,0440
KAWAKAWA AND DISTRICT RSA
29 Albert Street, Kawakawa, 0210
29 Albert Street,Kawakawa,0210
37 Cobham Road, Kerikeri, 0230
PO Box 776,Kerikeri,0245
09 407 8585
MAUNGATUROTO MEMORIAL RSA
115 Hurndall Street East, Maungaturoto, 0520
PO Box 142,Maungaturoto,0547
NORTHERN WAIROA MEMORIAL RSA
Hokianga Road, Dargaville, 0310
PO Box 86,Dargaville,0340
1 Chapel Street, Russell, 0202
PO Box 123,Russell,0202
WELLSFORD MEMORIAL RSA
1 Olympus Road, Wellsford, 0900
1 Olympus Road,Wellsford,0900
9 Rust Ave, Whangarei, 0110
PO Box 740,Whangarei,0140
Upokorau Road, Kaeo, 0478
PO Box 166, KAEO, 0448
Can I contact you?
You may wish to add someone to the Database, whom you feel meets the criteria for inclusion.
If so, feel free to email me at email@example.com, if you would like me to amend the record to include the information you have provided.
Note though, that it may be some time from when you submit to me before any changes made to the database spreadsheets are updated online.
The following information must be supplied:
Such of the following information as you have available which you would like recorded, should also be sent.
2. Formations, Units, Corps
3. Embarkation Dates
4. Marital status at date of embarkation
5. Place of enlistment
6. Occupation at time of enlistment
7. Last known address at time of enlistment
8. Next of kin at time of enlistment
9. Date of Birth
10. Date of Death:
11. Age at death:
14. Place of death:
b) Ashes buried or
c) Ashes sprinkled
16. Date a) b) or c) above occurred:
17. Name of cemetery:
18. Plot number:
19. Name of funeral director:
20. Any other information you would like recorded (maximum of eight words).
In the event you wish to include someone who is on the Cenotaph database who is not included here, then please just alert me to that fact.