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Full Name: William Francis Gilligan
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): William Francis
Surname: Gilligan
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 9657
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Carrier
Next of Kin: Mr William P. Gillian (father), Hokitika, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Sewell Street, Hokitika, New Zealand
Military District: Greymouth
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 66
Campaigns: Crete
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 22 May 1941
Age at Death: 25
Year of Death: 1941
Memorial Name: Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
Memorial Reference: Face 13
Biographical Notes: Son of William Patrick Gilligan and of Ann Gilligan (nee Brennan), of Christchurch
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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