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Full Name: John James Skilton
Rank Last Held: Lance Corporal
Forename(s): John James
Surname: Skilton
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 8467
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Sawmill worker, 2nd class engine-driver's certificate
Next of Kin: Mr R.J. Skilton (father), Onekaka, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Onekaka, New Zealand
Military District: Nelson
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit: 20 Canterbury andOtago Battalion
Embarkation Date: 5 January 1940
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Destination: Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 165
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 23 May 1941
Age at Death: 22
Year of Death: 1941
Cemetery Name: Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference: 12. C. 2.
Biographical Notes: John Skilton was the son of R. G. Skilton and Grace Skilton, of Takaka, Nelson, New Zealand.
Description of Image: Portrait from The Weekly News; 13 August 1941
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
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