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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:
  • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy. URL:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
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