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Full Name: Lionel Vernon Simmonds
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Lionel Vernon
Surname: Simmonds
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 9163
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Clerk
Next of Kin: Mr Arthur Simmonds (father), 124 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: C/o National Bank, Princes Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Military District: Dunedin
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit: 20 Canterbury and Otago Battalion
Embarkation Date: 4 January 1940
Place of Embarkation: Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Vessel: Dunera
Destination: Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 164
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Western Desert
Date of Death: 27 November 1941
Age at Death: 32
Year of Death: 1941
Memorial Name:
  • Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
  • Onehunga War Memorial Swimming Pool, Jellicoe Park (off Quadrant Road), Park Gardens, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Memorial Reference: Column 105.
Biographical Notes: Lionel Simmonds was the son of Arthur and Elizabeth Simmonds, of Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Description of Image:
  • Name panel, World War II, detail of Honour Roll, Onehunga War Memorial Swimming Pool (photo John Halpin, March 2012)
  • Honour Roll, World War I and World War II, Onehunga War Memorial Swimming Pool (photo John Halpin March 2012)
  • Dedication panel, World War I and World War II, Onehunga War Memorial Swimming Pool (photo John Halpin, March 2012)
  • Sign, Auckland Council, Onehunga War Memorial Swimming Pool (photo John Halpin, March 2012)
Sources Used:
  • 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)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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