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Full Name: David Robert Wells
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): David Robert
Surname: Wells
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 12595
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Steelworker
Next of Kin: Mr William Alex Wells (brother), 15 Glade Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 4 Inverness Avenue, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 30 Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 505
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: At sea, lost in the SS Nino Bixio
Date of Death: 17 August 1942
Age at Death: 31
Year of Death: 1942
Cause of Death: Killed whilst a Prisoner of War
Memorial Name: Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
Memorial Reference: Column 106.
Biographical Notes:
  • David Wells was the son of William and Isobel Wells, of Rakaia, Canterbury, New Zealand.
  • He was killed when the Nino Bixio, carrying Allied prisoners, was torpedoed.
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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