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Full Name: Henry Thomas Cunningham
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Henry Thomas
Surname: Cunningham
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 9799
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Carpenter
Next of Kin: Mr T.G. Cunningham (father), Henderson Street, Bluff, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Henderson Street, Bluff, New Zealand
Military District: Invercargill
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit: 20th (Canterbury-Otago) Battalion
Embarkation Date: 5 January 1940
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Destination: Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 45
Campaigns: Greece
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Greece
Date of Death: 27 April 1941
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
Memorial Reference: Face 13
Biographical Notes:
  • Henry Cunningham was the son of Henry Thomas Graves Cunningham and Alice Cunningham, of Bluff, Southland, New Zealand.
  • He was killed near Markopoulon, Greece, in a raid on 20 Battalion's position by a squadron of Luftwaffe fighter-bombers.
  • Two sons, brothers James Albert Cunningham (10443) and Henry Thomas Cunningham (9799) were killed in WW2.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait from The Weekly News; 6 August 1941
  • Wreath, 1999, laid by the Greek Community on the Cenotaph in Auckland and later moved to the Hall of Memories, Auckland War Memorial Museum on Anzac Day 1999 in memory of those who died in Greece.
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 1
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 2
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL: http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-20Ba.html
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
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