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Full Name: Ivan Thomas Forsman
Rank Last Held: Lance Corporal
Forename(s): Ivan Thomas
Surname: Forsman
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 436274
Date of Birth: 10 July 1922
Place of Birth: Te Aroha, Waikato, New Zealand
Religion: Roman Catholic
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Glass Cutter
Next of Kin: Mrs Mary Forsman (mother), 15 Elam St, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 15 Elam Street, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
Age on Enlistment: 20
Military District: Auckland
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 10th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Infantry Brigade
Embarkation Date: July 1943
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Nieuw Amsterdam
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 12
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 64
Campaigns: Italy
Last Unit Served: 21Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Senio River, Italy
Date of Death: 7 April 1945
Age at Death: 22
Year of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Cemetery Name: Faenza War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: IV. B. 7.
Obituary: Death notice, New Zealand Herald
Biographical Notes:
  • Ivan Forsman was the son of Rangi (54681) and Mary Ruby Forsman.
  • According to his sister, Ivan Forsman put his age up one year so that he could enlist, hence the discrepancy between his age on records.
  • Killed in Action by a sniper.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait taken in Italy in 1944 (kindly provided by family)
  • Portrait, Weekly News
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