Where to find cause of death record of POW? Leslie Spencer WILSON

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  1. Tim091

    Tim091 Member

    A member here posted a form for me showing cause of death of a POW ("shot by sentry"). I am researching another POW and wonder where to get that information?

    Is the IRC the only place?

    He was a NZ soldier Leslie Spencer Wilson (or possibly middle name Stephen - the NZ graves people have him as Stephen). Died 20/02/44 and is buried at Malbork cemetery. Service No: 10785.
     
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    Is this the topic you refer to?

    Deaths in XXa and XXb

    The OP was able to find the required information as the Casualty was serving in RA and they maintained Casualty Cards during WW2.

    Hopefully a member with knowledge of NZ service file contents may have the answer for you but a good fallback might be an enquiry with ICRC in September and a specific question as to cause of death. It will be noted on their file.

    Requests for information about people held during Spanish Civil War or the Second World War: Quarterly limit reached

    Good Luck

    Steve
     
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  3. Tim091

    Tim091 Member

    Thanks Steve. Yes that was my post. I have the date in my calendar for ICRC in September. Do you know if they allow multiple requests or limited to one per person?
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Leslie Spencer WILSON
    1906–1944
    BIRTH 6 FEB 1906 • Milton, NZ
    DEATH 20 FEB 1944 • Poland

    This is the same man as post 13 in thread Deaths in XXa and XXb

    Tim091 well done on adding the photo Private Leslie Stephen Wilson (Unknown-1944) -...
    Leslie Spencer WILSON
    1906–1944
    BIRTH 6 FEB 1906 • Milton, NZ
    DEATH 20 FEB 1944 • Poland
    Birth 06/02/1906 Milton Clutha Otago New Zealand
    Death 20/02/1944 Poland
    Father David James WILSON (1877-1954)
    Mother Julia BAUMGARDT (1882-1962)
    These detail also make him 38 years old not 35 as mentioned above
    TD


    TD
     
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  5. Tim091

    Tim091 Member

    Yes it is, and I am grateful for the info you found for me. I thought I would start a new thread as I would like to know how to research the cause of death (of him and any others sadly killed as POW).
     
  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    I don't see a problem re multiple requests although I've never done more than one at a time.

    One of questions on the online application form is applicants "relationship" to casualty.

    You'll likely have to tell a white lie as I did when I applied for a couple of my fathers pals Red Cross papers!

    Steve
     
  7. Tim091

    Tim091 Member

    Thanks Steve. I do have a genuine relative I will be enquiring about (with same surname so that should help) but am prepared to be economical with the truth about others!

    Cheers.
     
  8. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    Just looking at official NZ Service Record website -

    NZDF - Accessing Military Service Records

    It says that a “first” request for a copy file by an individual is free of charge but if you apply for subsequent files a charge will be made.

    If you haven’t made a previous application it might be worth applying for his service file as it will cost you nothing.

    Steve
     
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  9. Tim091

    Tim091 Member

    Cool, thanks Steve, I will.
     
  10. GeoffMNZ

    GeoffMNZ Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019
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  11. Tim091

    Tim091 Member

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  13. Tim091

    Tim091 Member

    Thanks for doing that, much appreciated.
     

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