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World War II (1939-1945): New Zealand Prisoners of War

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  • Christopher Falcon Scott (1914 - 1990)
    He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in World War 2. As part of his No. 75 (NZ) Squadron, on 22 Dec 1940 the Wellington bomber he was piloting was part of a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. T...
  • John McKnight (1903 - 1981)
    He embarked as a private in the infantry of the New Zealand Army (23rd Battalion, 5th Brigade of the 6th Reinforcements of the 2nd NZ Expeditionary Force) on 27 Jun 1941 - from Wellington to Egypt. As ...
  • Pilot Officer Howard Charles Saward (1920 - 1948)
    He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War 2. He graduated from the Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 6 Service Flying Training School, Dunnville, Ontario, Course 1: Class 36. Graduation...
  • Pte. Douglas John Watt (1900 - 1942)
    Douglas Watt was the son of William Andrew Watt and of Agnes Watt (nee Chirnside) of Marton, New Zealand.He was taken Prisoner of War (POW). Douglas was killed when the Nino Bixio, carrying Allied pris...
  • New Zealand War Graves Project.
    Pte. Michael Alfred Gillice (1892 - 1945)
    Michael Gillice was the son of James William Gillice and of Margaret Gillice (nee Dunn), of Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand. On enlistment, Michael declared his birthday to be 14 March 1905, thus maki...

A project for New Zealanders who were held as prisoners of war overseas during any field of war and those who were held as prisoners of war in New Zealand (eg. Featherston prisoner of war camp was a camp for captured Japanese soldiers during World War II).

A prisoner of war (POW, PoW, PW, P/W, WP, PsW, enemy prisoner of war (EPW) or "missing-captured") is a person, whether combatant or non-combatant, who is held in custody by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict. Source:

During the Second World War New Zealanders in large numbers became prisoners of war, or went 'into the bag' as they popularly called it. One in 200 of New Zealand's population of the time were held in captivity - over 8000 people. This compares with around 500 POWs in the First World War. Source: