Lance Corporal

John James Agnew

Conflict: 
WW2
Additional Information: 

Son of Samuel Agnew and of Ellen Agnew (nee Blisset); husband of Margaret Mary Agnew, of Westport, Nelson, New Zealand.

References:
  • CWGC
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

During the defence of Crete, 21 Battalion was stationed near the Maleme airfield. After the German parachute drop, the battalion commander decided to stay on the Vineyard ridge. A mixed platoon of 21... Read More
During the defence of Crete, 21 Battalion was stationed near the Maleme airfield. After the German parachute drop, the battalion commander decided to stay on the Vineyard ridge. A mixed platoon of 21 battalion pioneers and drivers had been deployed under Lt Anderson to a post two miles west on the Tavronitas river bank, to strengthen 22 Battalion's western flank. A platoon from A Company led by Lcpl John Agnew was sent to reinforce Lt Anderson, and if necessary, clear the villages of Xamoudhokhori and Vlakheronitissa en route. John was killed in action attempting to clear past Vlakheronitissa, along with Lcpl Bill Craig. (Pg 87 21st Battalion Official History - J.F Cody)


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
22651
Name:
John James Agnew
Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
Mrs M. Agnew (wife), 1 North Road, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Enlistment Address: 
20 King Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Occupation on Enlistment:
Timber worker
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
New Zealand Infantry, 21 Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Not known
Date of Death:
20 May 1941
Day of Death:
Tuesday
Age at Death: 
25
Conflict: 
WW2

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
12. E. 12.
Cemetery Location: 
Greece
John James Agnew
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