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Full Name: Martin Silke
Rank Last Held: Lance Sergeant
Forename(s): Martin
Surname: Silke
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 8517
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Forestry Worker
Next of Kin: Mrs Broadbent (sister), 159 Collingwood Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Spooner's Camp, Motupiko, New Zealand
Military District: Nelson
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit: 20 Canterbury and 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 164
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Italy
Date of Death: 18 September 1942
Age at Death: 34
Year of Death: 1942
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Bari War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: XI. D. 32.
Biographical Notes: Son of Martin Silke and of Norah Silke (nee Costella), of Nelson
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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