Lost Uncle 2NZEF 24 Batt Greece POW 1941

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by JungleGym, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. JungleGym

    JungleGym Member

    Hello to you all
    Looking to find some or any details of my uncle (fathers brother) who told nothing before he died

    William (Bill) Frank Hanright No. 24050 Private, 2NZEF, 24 Battalion
    Who was captured and taken as POW in Greece 1941 during 2NZEF deployment there
    NZ Defence Force records that I have are very basic and minimal.
    They simply show embarkation and disembarkation dates ( NZ, Egypt and Greece) and nothing else at all
    Uncle Bill (according to family rumours) seemingly spent at least 3 years on a farm in Grelle (sp?) Yugoslavia
    Imprisoned with other NZ, Australian, and UK POW's
    Then took part in the "Long March", across continental Europe
    Finally released and returned to UK to a Manchester area hospital before being repatriated to NZ in 1946

    Can anyone who has any details about uncle Bill or can direct me to an online web site then thank you in advance

    Kind Regards
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, British Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: W F Hanright
    Rank: Pte
    Army Number: 24050
    POW Number: 4381
    Camp Type: Stalag
    Camp Number: 18A
    Camp Location: Wolfsberg (Karnton), Austria
    Section: 2nd New Zealand Expy Force: Officers and Other Ranks

    You can apply here - ICRC archives to see what records they hold. Also there should be War Diaries from his regiment that you could access/copy

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  4. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

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  5. JungleGym

    JungleGym Member

    Hello there Tricky Dicky
    Any chance of you PM'ing me.
    I simply don't know how to send a PM to you?
    You replied to my original request regarding WF Hanright
    Is there a website (or something similar ) I can obtain further details of WF Hanright ?
    I checked out ICRC and found absolutely nothing
    Where to from here ?
    Kind regards
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    You can obtain his service records - Request records of deceased service personnel - GOV.UK

    Did you apply for his records from ICRC - they take a while

    There are many books on 'The Long March' and quite a few threads on this site - he may be mentioned in them.

    Have you contacted his Regimental museum or Veterans Association in NZ


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