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Full Name: John Reginald Blunden
Rank Last Held: Corporal
Forename(s): John Reginald
Surname: Blunden
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 19918
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs J.A. Blunden (wife), Matewai, Grassey Hills, Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: Waikakahi RMD, Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand
Military District: Timaru
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: Anti Tank Brigade
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 9
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 39
Campaigns: Italy
Last Unit Served: 20 Armoured Regiment
Place of Death: Italy
Date of Death: 7 January 1945
Age at Death: 35
Year of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Forli War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: II. A. 17.
Biographical Notes: Son of Harold Ernest Blunden and of Henrietta Langton Blunden (nee Denshire); husband of Jean Anderson Blunden, of Grassey Hills, Canterbury
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, Weekly News
  • Headstone, Forli Cemetery (photo Gabrielle Fortune 2008)
Additional Information: Commended for Gallantry
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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