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Full Name
William Christian Sturm
Rank Last Held
Corporal
Forename(s)
William Christian
Surname
Sturm
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
12052
Date of Birth
5 May 1909
Place of Birth
Wairoa, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment
Garage attendant
Next of Kin
Mrs M Sturm (wife), 432 Marine Parade, Wairoa, New Zealand
Enlistment Address
432 Marine Parade, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Last Unit Served
Divisional Cavalry
Place of Death
Western Desert
Date of Death
15 January 1943
Age at Death
34
Year of Death
1943
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya
Grave Reference
12. D. 5
Biographical Notes
  • Son of William Sturm and of Elizabeth Sturm (nee Light), of Wairoa, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand; husband of Margaret Sturm, of Napier, Hawke's Bay.
  • Corporal Sturm was killed when "a parcel of heavy shells landed amongst Divisional Cavalry Headquarters..."(Loughan, p 258)
Description of Image
  • Portrait, Weekly News
  • Headstone, Tripoli War Cemetery, Libya (photo B. Coutts, 2009)
Sources Used
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy. URL: http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2DiCa.html
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
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