Where to from here?

 

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.

Information on Northland’s coastal fortifications including the gun emplacement and a photo of the radar station at Bream Head.

Audience at full dress show by the Kiwi Concert Party, Egypt. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-01443-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22866605 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

Audience at full dress show by the Kiwi Concert Party, Egypt. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-01443-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22866605
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

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 World War II Historical Re-Enactment Society

How the Second World War impacted upon us at home

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.

Paton, Harold Gear, 1919-2010. Looking out of dugout at El Alamein, Egypt - Photograph taken by H Paton. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-02613-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23213910 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

Paton, Harold Gear, 1919-2010. Looking out of dugout at El Alamein, Egypt – Photograph taken by H Paton. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: DA-02613-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23213910
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

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
Postal:
PO Box 163,Kaitaia,0441
Contact:
09 408 0423
Email:
rsa.kta@clear.net.nz

HOKIANGA MEMORIAL RSA

Sth Hokianga Memorial Hall, State Highway 12, Opononi, 0445
Postal:
PO Box 33,Opononi,0445
Email:
secretary@hokiangarsa.co.nz

KAIKOHE AND DISTRICT MEMORIAL RSA

158 Broadway, Kaikohe, 0405
Postal:
PO Box 379,Kaikohe,0440
Email:
kaikohersa@xtra.co.nz

KAWAKAWA AND DISTRICT RSA

29 Albert Street, Kawakawa, 0210
Postal:
29 Albert Street,Kawakawa,0210
Email:
rsakawakawa@diginet.co.nz

KERIKERI RSA

37 Cobham Road, Kerikeri, 0230
Postal:
PO Box 776,Kerikeri,0245
Contact:
09 407 8585
Email:
info@kerikerirsa.co.nz

MAUNGATUROTO MEMORIAL RSA

115 Hurndall Street East, Maungaturoto, 0520
Postal:
PO Box 142,Maungaturoto,0547
Email:
rsa@liqueurs.co.nz

NORTHERN WAIROA MEMORIAL RSA

Hokianga Road, Dargaville, 0310
Postal:
PO Box 86,Dargaville,0340
Email:
nwrsa@orcon.net.nz

RUSSELL RSA

1 Chapel Street, Russell, 0202
Postal:
PO Box 123,Russell,0202
Email:
russellrsa@xtra.co.nz

WELLSFORD MEMORIAL RSA

1 Olympus Road, Wellsford, 0900
Postal:
1 Olympus Road,Wellsford,0900
Email:
rsawellsford@xtra.co.nz

WHANGAREI RSA

9 Rust Ave, Whangarei, 0110
Postal:
PO Box 740,Whangarei,0140
Email:
admin@whangareirsa.co.nz

WHANGAROA RSA

Upokorau Road, Kaeo, 0478
Postal:
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.

Members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Pacific, during World War II, Vella Lavella Island, Solomon Islands. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: WH-0229-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22832033 “Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

Members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Pacific, during World War II, Vella Lavella Island, Solomon Islands. New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. War History Branch :Photographs relating to World War 1914-1918, World War 1939-1945, occupation of Japan, Korean War, and Malayan Emergency. Ref: WH-0229-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22832033
“Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.”

If so, feel free to email me at dalewcalder@gmail.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: 

Surname:

Christian Name:

Regimental Number:

Such of the following information as you have available which you would like recorded, should also be sent.

1. Rank

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:

15. Whether:

a) Burial,

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.

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