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Uncle Glynn and Errol Flynn before he was a POW in the War

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:59 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

As lads my older brother Wayne, younger brother Richard and I had a lot of time with our Uncle Glyn both at the Wellington Street family home in Hamilton and Glyn and Auntie Alice's beach bach overlooking Palm Beach on Waiheke Island and the expanse of the outer Auckland Harbour. We knew Glyn had fought in the Second World War (in the New Zealand army maybe with the LRDG - Long Range Desert Group). He was a Prisoner of War and ended up in Germany. Glyn took part in the brutal forced movement of the POWs by the German army away from the Russians - called the Death March and was very ill after. He was so ill that he couldn't come home to New Zealand and spent a while recuperating at the house of his Uncle Bill in Radnorshire, Wales (William James Powell lived at The Croft, Ithon Road, Llandrindod Wells). Uncle Glyn never spoke about the experience he had endured.

I have uploaded his Duffel bag for illustration, it shows his details: Private GCB Powell (29609, 24th Infantry Battalion) of 38 Wellington Street, Hamilton, New Zealand.

I have a photo circa 1940? showing Glyn "Enjoying Aitutaki". That is in The Cook Islands, where he met Errol Flynn and they became friends during the filming of the movie "In the Wake of the Bounty" (1933).

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Item list and details

Photos of Duffel bag of Private GCB Powell (29609, 24th Infantry Battalion) of 38 Wellington Street, Hamilton, New Zealand. Photo of Glynn and beautiful women "Enjoying Aitutaki".

Person the story/items relate to

Glyn Coulthard Bynon Powell

Person who shared the story/items

Chris Powell

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

I am his nephew

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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109937