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Full Name: Desmond Richard Nolan
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Desmond Richard
Surname: Nolan
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 18420
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Farmhand
Next of Kin: Mrs G. Nolan (mother), Woodbury, Geraldine, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Woodbury, Geraldine, South Canterbury, New Zealand
Military District: Timaru
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: Infantry Reinforcements
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 4
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 264
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Italy
Date of Death: 9 July 1942
Age at Death: 29
Year of Death: 1942
Cause of Death: Killed or died as prisoner of war
Cemetery Name: Caserta War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: VI, C, 17.
Biographical Notes: Desmond Nolan was the son of Richard Patrick Nolan and of Gertrude Clara Nolan (nee Wareing), of Woodbury, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • 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
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