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Updated 13 May 2013
Do you know these RNZAF 1958 recruits?
13 May 2013
"Sailed from Glasgow on 28th May 1958, ten recruits for the RNZAF. Hoping for info on Bill Muir, John Haycock, Paul Roberts, Ben Smith, and Jeff Jefferson."
Contact: Tony - email@example.com
Looking for photographs of 14th intake of Corps RNZ INF (Unit 1 - WWCT)
10 May 2013
“I have been trying to obtain (without success to date) a photograph of my Unit, as my previous copy was mislaid. If you served in the same unit in the 14th intake, I would gratefully appreciate any photographs you may be able to provide. Costs incurred to provide these will of course be reimbursed.”
Contact: Max - firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking to return photographs and correspondence to relatives of W.A. Phipps
6 May 2013
“My mother, Joan Howard (Court), has a photo album and correspondence from W. A. Phipps. The correspondence is addressed to my uncle from when he was a boy and details Phipps’ journey from NZ to GB during WW2. It also includes his departure and a card from when he was captured and imprisoned. We know very little as to the circumstances, but would like to pass the Album to his relatives.”
Contact: Paul - email@example.com
Searching for the 1966 intake into the RAN College at Jervis Bay
30 April 2013
“We are planning a reunion at the College in January 2016 (50 years) and have now located around 20 of our number but none from the land of the long white cloud just yet.
There were 25 Australians and 4 Kiwis who comprised the 1966 intake into the RAN College at Jervis Bay. J.R. Louisson (John), R.J.Hayes (Roly) and J.M.Loader (John) were three of our group and I am aware that JR was Commissioned and promoted to at least Lieutenant in the mid 1970's.
Not all of us have survived and there have been at least 4 deaths that we are aware of. We would love to contact our former classmates. Any assistance would be very much appreciated.”
Contact: Brian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for ex RNZAF 490 squadron members
25 April 2013
“I would like to contact those who served with the RNZAF 490 squadron in Sierra Leone during World War 2, or their relatives.”
Contact: Gordon - email@example.com
Seeking information on Private Harry Martin
24 April 2013
“We are seeking any information on Private Harry Martin 42nd New Zealand Reinforcement No44262.14D. Harry is buried at Stratford, Taranaki.”
Contact: Baden - firstname.lastname@example.org
WW1 medals belonging to Corporal T.P. McIntyre found
24 April 2013
“Found - WW1 war medals belonging to Corporal T.P. McIntyre 10/220 NZEF. We hope to return these to his descendants.”
Contact: Geri - email@example.com
Looking for Lancaster Bomber crew members
17 April 2013
“I am trying to trace any Lancaster Bomber crew members who flew with Pilot C. M. Stevens in WW2. Charlie (Chaz) is alive and kicking living in New Zealand. Due to age and time passing any help would be appreciated. Some of the crew members I am trying to trace are George Giles, Les Hofert, Les Hall, Jim Saunders, William Jones and William Campin.”
Contact: Ron - firstname.lastname@example.org
Searching for the family of Mita Teriwhanga of the 28th Maori Battalion
4 March 2013
“I am trying to find the family of my grandfather's half-brother (my grand uncle) Mita Teriwhanga (Serial No: 65378) of the 28th Maori Battalion, formerly of Cook Street Auckland.
I understand Mita passed in the 1970s and that Mita and his wife Hariata (Harriet) had a son John who would now be in his late 70s - maybe a little older. I would love to re-connect with any of Mita's family.”
Contact: Peter - email@example.com
Do you have information about Thomas Darrie?
22 February 2013
“I am looking for information on Thomas DARRIE, formally of Berwickshire, Scotland.
Thomas joined the AIF 48th Infantry Battalion 1916 in South Australia. He was wounded in action 18/02/17, returned to Australia 10/09/17 and was discharged 28/11/17. It would appear that he immigrated to New Zealand and resided in the Canterbury area around 1924ish. There is a record of a Thomas Darrie in the 1949 electoral role for Ashburton. There was also mail addressed to him at Mr T Darrie, Kimberley, Darfield, via Christchurch NZ.”
Contact: Colin - firstname.lastname@example.org
WW1 medal belonging to Pte L G (Lawrence George) Perry found
21 February 2013
“I have a WW1 service medal which belonged to a Pte L G (Lawrence George) Perry. His sister Mrs T Woods lived in Pukekohe. Does anyone know of this family as I would like to send the medal to them?”
Contact: Jeannie - email@example.com
PICTURES OF WAR GRAVES IN SCOTLAND
Whilst Wilma Gilmour and her cousin were visiting Dunure (Ayrshire, Scotland), they were told about war graves in the Dunure Cemetery. They visited and
discovered that the graves were of New Zealand airmen killed in World War 2. Wilma photographed the gravestones. She will be visiting her son in Auckland next Easter next year and can bring photos or information on the graves. Contact: Wilma Gilmour – firstname.lastname@example.org.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE JOHN ALEXANDER GREERS MEDALS ARE?
World War 1 medals belonging to John Alexander Greer 53353 Rifleman were left in a trunk in New Zealand when he went to Australia about 60 years ago. His grandson, also John Greer, thinks that the person they were left with gave them to the Salvation Army. Contact: John Greer - email@example.com.
SEEKING INFORMATION ON NURSE CLARA LUCAS
Anyone know anything about Nurse Clara Lucas, whose name is World War 1/2 honours board at the Kaiwaka War Memorial Hall, which was built 60 years ago. Nurse Lucas’s name is called, along with other local soldiers who died or were killed in World War 1, every Anzac Day, at the Hakaru & Districts RSA service of the celebration; but The RSA has no record of why she is on ‘call’ list or the honours board, of how or where she died. Nurse Clara Lucas, nee Thornton, was born in 1875, the daughter of Margaret and George
William Thornton. She went to Kaiwaka Primary School, and married Henry Lucas in 1896 (he died in 1906). The Kaiwaka centennial (1859-1959) history mentions that “three young ladies saw service with the nursing division”. The others were her sister (Mrs Saunders) and Miss Hilda Donaldson (who became Mrs Vellenoweth). Her brother, George Alfred Thornton, 42230, was killed in 1917; another brother, James William Thornton, was wounded, and a third brother, Kenneth Thornton, also served. Her sister, Katherina (Ina) Saunders, is also on the Kaiwaka honours board - she married Edward Heat Saunders in 1899, and received an MBE in England as a VAD at No 3 General Hospital, Codford, United Kingdom. She did not have children. Contact: Lindsey Hargreaves - R.D.2, Kaiwaka 0573; 09 4312045; firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDALS BELONGING TO REGINALD SYDNEY TINDALL
Rex Tindall is seeking information on World War 2 and Korean War medals belonging his father, Reginald Sydney Tindall. He also wonders if there was a RSA with a Post Office Box 10-015 address at Balmoral, Auckland (he thinks this RSA could be a link to his father). After searching for more than 30 years, Rex has discovered that Reg, a World War 2 and Korea veteran, died in Auckland in 1981. Rex is now piecing together his father’s life from the time Reg left Australia to his death. Rex is also trying to recover Reg’s war
medals so that he can pass them on to his own son, who has served overseas for Australia. Reg Tindall’s service numbers were QX60828, 1/3009 and 1/400032.
He had three because he upped his age to enlist for World War 2, re-enlisted for Korea in K-Force, then resigned after Korea until 1966. Contact: WO1(rtd)
Rex Tindill – email@example.com.
IN SEARCH OF MEDALS BELONGING TO DAVID IVON PORTEOUS
Information sought in search for medals that belonged to David Ivon Porteous, Sapper 62881, NZ Engineers Divisional Signal Company, who died, aged 33, at Brockenhurst on November 14, 1918. It is believed that his medals and personal effects were sent to his mother, Mrs Beatrice Porteous, who lived in Fitzroy St, Dunedin. Contact: Ruth Porteous - strugglersridge@ clear.net.nz.
WOULD LIKE TO RETURN PHOTOS TO ARTHUR WILLIAMS.
Janine Leighton would like to return the photos (above and below) to Arthur Williams, from Christchurch, or his family. The photos have been among her mother’s photo collection since the 1940s. Arthur was in the navy during World War 2, based in Auckland. The photo (above) appears to be in front of the boatsheds, on theAvon River, in Christchurch; Arthur is second from left, wearing a dark jacket and white shirt without a tie. In the lower photo, Arthur is the middle one of the three men in uniform; they have HMS Philomel on their hatbands. The collection also includes photos of Arthur with his grandmother, his Aunty Eva, and his uncle and cousin when he visited in Banstead, Surrey while on leave in England, and his sisters – Ngaire, Rata and Dulcie – at a family wedding. Contact: Janine Leighton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING FOR FAMILY OF JOHN EDWARD SULLIVAN.
Can you help track down the family John Edward Sullivan, who served in World War 1. His serial number was 25/1822 and he was a corporal. He listed his occupation as labourer. His father, J.E.Sullivan, worked in the post office at Pleasant Point, in South Canterbury, and is buried in the cemetary there. John Sullivan embarked in Wellington on April 1, 1916.at Wellington on April 1 ,1916 with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Reinforcements, 3r Battalion, G Company. They were on Transport HMNZT 49, HMNZT 50 (the Maunganui and the Tahiti) bound for Suez, Egypt. Chris has found John Sullivan’s World War 1 Victory metal and would like to return it to his family. Contact: Chris Chenier, 10 Trevor St, Hornby, Christchurch 8042; email@example.com.
SEEKING INFORMATION ON STEWART FORD.
Stewart Ford, whose number was close to NZ8640, served on an escort carrier, HMS Patroller out of Greenock. Graham Adam, who was also on an escort carrier (HMS Patroller) is keen to trace Stewart. They last met in 1945 in Greenock. Contact: Graham & Margaret Adam, 1/2 William Donald Drive, Masterton, 5810; 06 3770527; firstname.lastname@example.org; “grayhamadam” (skype).
PHOTOGRAPHS FOUND OF NORMAN DE VELEZCO.
Several photographs of Norman de Velezco have been found amongst the belongings of Neil Wilson’s late grandparents in Perth, Western Australia. Neil would like to return them to the de Velezco family. His research has determined that Norman de Velezco 7166 enlisted in the New Zealand Army in 1940. He married a Myrtle Alice (last name unknown) and in 1981, they lived at 19 Nixon Rd, Titirangi, Auckland. Norman de Velezco died in November 1983, aged 73, and was buried in the Waitakere Cemetery (as a returned serviceman) in Auckland. Contact: Neil Wilson, email@example.com.
SEEKING INFORMATION ON HERBERT ERNEST CLARKE.
Bruce and Bev Clarke welcome any information about Herbert Ernest Clarke 501208, World War 2. He was originally in the 3rd Otago Unit and was then sent to the Solomon Islands, possibly Vanicora or Honiara.His 1946 letter of discharge, signed by the second-in-command, Maj A.H.Wilson, stated that Herb had served 738 days in the Solomons and held the rank of captain. When Herb told the locals he was leaving, they presented him with a live baby crocodile in a 44-gallon drum. This was towed behind the boat on the day he left and then let out to sea; those in the Solomons were unaware that he had not taken back to New Zealand.
After the Solomons, he was seconded to the British High Commission where he was based in Suva, Fiji, in an administrative position. Back in New Zealand, he resumed his pre-war career with State Insurance, in Dunedin. With this job he moved to Whangarei, Wellington, Timaru and back to Dunedin, before retiring in Timaru. Contact: Bev Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(below) Herb Clarke is the middle, with McIlhinney (left) and Percy Roberts (right). Phil Marsack is another name that has cropped up, but significance is unknown.
LOOKING FOR MARK JENKINS.
Richard Parker is looking for Mark Jenkins, who was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy in the 1960s and 970s, and flew in “Simons Circus” in the Sea Vixens in Yeovilton. Contact: Richard Parker, 09 4016661;
MEDALS BELONGING TO GEORGE ERNEST PERRY.
Information sought on 2277 Pte George Ernest Perry, NZ Army, who was a prisoner-of-war. Medals have surfaced in Perth, Western Australia, which appear to belong to him. Some of set seems to be missing. Contact: John Dick, Unit 6, 223 Rockingham Rd, Spearwood, WA 6163; 0061 8 94941799; 0061 8 94942033 (fax); 00614 24750429 (mobile); email@example.com.
SEEKING EDDIE TAPARA.
Les Kneale will be in New Zealand from Septemeber 28 and until October 26, and wants to contact Eddie Tapara (?). Both served on Rotoiti, RAF Singapore 1958-61. They were based at Seletar, worked on crypto, travelled to Labuan, RAAF Butterworth and Penang. He is also looking for sea-fishing companions while touring New Zealand. Contact: Les Kneale, Callan Dhoon Loop Rd, Maughold, Isle of Man , UK IM7 1HN; firstname.lastname@example.org.
DID YOU SERVE IN ANTARCTICA?
Did you serve in Antarctica and want to participate in a survey? Peter Breen, of Rotorua, is writing a report for a business degree on medallic recognition Antarctica. For a copy, contact: Peter Breen, P.O.Box 2245, Rotorua 3040; 07 3456968; email@example.com. To take part in the on-line survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJ3KFWH.
World War 1 medals found: 1914-15 Star and 1914-19 Medal, 12/2992 Cpl W Delahoyde NZEF. Contact: R Perry, 7/309 Avenue Rd West, Hastings 4122; 06 8786942.
LOOKING FOR AUTHOR ERIC J GALLAGHER.
Craig Cormack wants to make contact with Eric J.Gallagher, author of Across Europe (published in the 1990s) or any of his family, about his book. Contact: Craig Cormack, firstname.lastname@example.org lieutenant in the Royal Navy in the 1960s and 1970s.
SEEKING MILITARY HISTORIAN.
Kim Keene has a book to give away. Training for Victory, by Peter C.Conrad, is the story of Allied air crews, including New Zealanders, who trained in the British Commonwealth air training plan in western Canada in World War 2. It contains a lot of information and has many photos. She also wants to engage a military historian about Fleet Air Arm and her father’s service. Contact: Kim Keene, 28 Kipling St, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037; 04 9770525; email@example.com.
DO YOU KNOW FREDERICK RUSSELL KRAMMER?
In 1962 or 1963 Walter (Wally) Frederick Russell Krammer travelled from Dargaville to Auckland to meet a friend, Martha, who had been a French Resistance worker during World War 2. Elizabeth Krammer (Wally’s daughter) can recall Martha telling them about her work in the Resistance. Her father served in 18 Petrol Company from 1942 to 1945. He drove tank-transporter trucks for 18 Tank Transport Company before being transferred to 1 NZ Petrol Company about the time he went from the Middle East to Italy. He was originally from Richmond, Nelson, and died in April 1973. Contact: Elizabeth Krammer 12D Seaforth Ave, Milson, Palmerston North 4414; 06 3538779; firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEEDING HELP FROM EX-NAVAL PERSONNEL.
The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum Mascot Exhibition is collecting stories and photographs from ex-naval personnel who served on a ship when animals were on board. Contact: Debbie Ormsby, Navy Museum, 09 4461829; email@example.com
PHOTOS FOUND IN WELLINGTON.
The photos have been found in the wall lining of a house at 33 Yule St, Kilbirnie, Wellington. The family of the soldier is welcome to have them. Contact: I.J.B.McGilvary, 33 Yules St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022.
GRANDSON WANTING INFORMATION ON EPHRAIM JACK PRIME.
Charlie Te Awhe is looking for information about his grandfather, Ephraim Jack Prime, who served with the 28 Maori Battalion. Contact: RNZRSA National Office, 04 3847994. The contact email Charlie has given (firstname.lastname@example.org) is incorrect; could Charlie contact the RSA National Office. Efforts have been made to contact 28 Maori Battalion Association to his request.
SEEKING POWS OR DESCENDANTS.
Jan Zandovski, a Latvian who was in the labour detail at Itzehoe/Spandenburg prisoner-of-war camps in northern Germany during World War 2, is seeking New Zealand ex-PoWs or descendants. Contact: Jan M.Aagaard, Thorkildsvej 65-3, 3700 Ronne, Bornholm, Denmark.
HELP NEEDED WITH WW1 DOCUMENTARY.
NZ Mounted Rifles at Gallipoli or New Zealand Division on the Western Front
Sarah Boddy is researching a World War 1 documentary funded by New Zealand On Air for screening in 2013. She would particularly like to contact families of men who served with the NZ Mounted Rifles at Gallipoli or with the New Zealand Division on the Western Front, especially at Somme, Messines, Passchendaele and Le Quesnoy. She is interested in letters, dairies, photos and memories that will give the documentary personal immediacy. Contact: Sarah Boddy, 04 3864440; email@example.com.
DID YOU SERVE WITH ROSS CRADDOCK?
Heather Ruddle’s father, Ross Craddock, who served in North Africa and was awarded the Africa Star, died a year ago, aged almost 91. Heather is recording his life story in a Creative Memories storybook and is happy to share it. She is keen for contact from veterans or family of veterans who served with her father. Ross Craddock came from Whakatane and trained at Narrow Neck, Auckland. He served in No. 7 Platoon, No. 3 Section, A Company, 21 Battalion of the New Zealand Army, and has given a very detailed diary account of a battle at the end of March 1942, including when/how he was wounded on March 27 in front of Hill 209 where the Maori Battalion and the South Island 23 Battalion also fought. Contact: Heather Ruddle, 03 9602226; 027 5371760; firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP IDENTIFIY PEOPLE IN THESE PHOTOS.
Can anyone help Flora Falanaki identify the people in these circa 1920s photos? The only person in the photos who is known is her grandfather, Albert Victor Waetford. He is standing left in the group of three (left) , and seated on the left-hand end of the front row in the bigger group (right). Albert was born in Whangarei, then moved to Whanganui while young. He served in World War 1, service number 16/541, with the Maori Pioneer Battalion from Putiki, Whanganui. He died in 1965. Contact: Flora Falanaki, 27 Hannah Rd, Otara, Auckland 2023; email@example.com.
DO YOU KNOW THE WOMAN IN THIS PHOTO?
Nicola O’Leary seeks help in identifying this staff sergeant and the medals. She was a WAAC, most likely a Tui, and her mother’s was Mrs Midgley. She received the New Zealand War Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-45. The photograph was taken by Mabel Tustin who had a studio in Wellington in the 1930s-40s. Contact: Nicola O’Leary, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOOKING FOR JOY HOMES (NEE ARNOLD).
Nancy Penwarden (nee Gilmer) WAAF, would like to find Joy Holmes (nee Arnold) WAAF from New Plymouth, last known to be Tauranga. Contact: Nancy Penwarden, Jean Sandal Retirement Village, 228/71 Barrett Rd, New Plymouth 4310; 06 7513303.
TOMOANA FREEZING WORKERS.
Do you know about the Tomoana Freezing workers who served in WW2? Does anyone know anything about 24 workers from the then Nelsons (NZ) Ltd Tomoana freezing works in Hawke’s Bay who died while serving in World War 2? Or anything about 24 oak trees planted in 1944 at the works as a living memorial to the 24 staff who died. Or anything about an honours board listing the names of all works employees who served in the war and indicating the 24 who died? A small group has been working for two years to protect the 17 remaining trees and to find the names of men represented (the honours board was removed and has not been found). Nine of the men have been identified. The group has been searching war rolls of honour related to Hawke’s Bay. But, because the works provided accommodation for single men, these men could have come from anywhere in New Zealand and may not appear on Bay rolls of honour. Contact: Marcia Murtagh, 904 Norrie St, Hastings 4120; 06 8783127; 027 4101505 or Elizabeth Gunn, email@example.com.
SEEKING INFORMATION ON WILLIAM ITHEL JAMES.
William Ithel James’s daughter, who lives overseas, is after information about her father. He served in the New Zealand Army from 1914-18 in World War 1. He is believed to have joined the RSA on his return. He farmed a block of land at Rerekapa, not far from Whangamomona, in Taranaki, between 1911 and 1930. Contact: Jay Venables, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discharge Certificate Found.
A discharge certificate for a soldier who served in the NZEF during World War 1 has been found during the demolition of a house in Edendale, Southland. The certificate, which is in very good condition, was discovered down the back of a wardrobe. It is for Pve Robert P Galbreath 8/4128. He was wounded and honourably discharged around 1916. There are no Galbreaths in the Southland phone directory. Contact: Leon Perriam, 021 632123; email@example.com.
Seeking information on George Henry Burnet Newman.
Looking for George Henry Burnet Newman, who served in Egypt and was captured in Crete. He died some years ago, with only a plain wooden cross marking his grave. His son is an artist who is adept in metalwork and stonework, and wants to find the right battalion insignia to carve into his gravestone. Any information which would help him, or add to what his known about his father, appreciated. Contact: Andrea Graves, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Searching for Patrick John Homes.
The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service has approached RSA National Office and are searching on behalf of granddaughter Mrs Wendy Hecht- Wendt. Her own Father, who is Patrick Gordon Hall (last name changed through a divorce and remarriage) has terminal cancer. He has not seen his father for many years and is very keen to find out what has happened to him before he goes himself. His father’s name is Patrick John Holmes. The Salvation Army have been advised that Patrick was WW2 having changed his birth date to 30/05/1919 to enlist from 30/05/1923 which is as shown on birth certificate. Any help you can provide with this would be most appreciated. All the enquiries have drawn a blank both here and in Australia and even if he proves to be deceased it will be helpful to the family to have the news. Contact: Major Peter Bradley, Family Tracing Service, Ph (04) 382 0710, Confidential Fax (04) 802 6257, Email email@example.com
Gerry Wright would like to know of surviving or deceased Christmas Island bomb test veterans.
Gerry Wright has taken over keeping the roll of Christmas Island bomb test veterans. He would like to know of veterans who have died during the last five years. He would also like the names of surviving veterans. Contact: Gerry Wright – 8 Rowan Rd, Epsom, Auckland 1023; 09 6243969; firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know these two members of the RNZAF who served with the Bomber Command?
Derek Thomas, in the United Kingdom, is trying to locate two members of the RNZAF who served with RAF Bomber Command in the UK in 1944. Both Fg Off F.Cooper, a wireless operator, and F/S G.Burke, a mid upper-gunner, served in the crew of Fg Off D.Gordon (pilot), during 1944, on 514 Squadron based at RAF Waterbeach. On October 14, 1944, they returned from a daylight raid to Duisburg, in Germany, to be met by a photographer. The publicity photo taken was published and retained in archives. This crew were chosen because it consisted of two RNZAF, two RAAF, two RAF and one RCAF. An artist has reproduced this photograph in sepia, and prints are being sold to raise funds for the Bomber Command memorial in London. One of the two RAF men in the photo is alive, and Derek Thomas hopes to locate others or close relatives. He has a very good copy of the original photo. Contact: Derek Thomas – email@example.com.
Mark Scragg is interested in contacting survivors of his father's unit.
Joe Scragg, a World War 2 sapper with 19 Army Troops in Greece and Crete, was invalided home with the first furlough. His son, Mark Scragg, is interested in contacting survivors of this unit, or their relatives. His father took “quite a few” photos and named many of the men in them. Contact: Mark Scragg – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trevor G.Clarke is trying to locate the home base of his mother’s half-brother, Harry Hamilton-Irvine.
He was born in 1922, served in World War 2 (No. 434365) and died in 2010 at St John’s Hospital, town unknown. Contact: Trevor Clarke 74667 – Pukekohe; email@example.com
Does anyone know anything of these four troopers from 20 Armoured Regiment?
Contact: Peter Scott – 27 Kenwyn Ave, St.Albans, Christchurch 8052; 03 3556732; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Searching for RNZAF F/S E.W.Metcalf
Served at RAF Tengah, Singapore in 1957. He was clerk of the course for the first major motor-car race meting at Changi Aerodrome on June 9, 1957. Changi infiormation: www.rafchangi.co.uk. Contact: Brian W. Lloyd – publicity,press and searchline officer, RAF Changi Association, 0044 1628 661005; brianlloyd@ redwood32.freeserve.co.uk.
Information sought on Matt Park
Or relatives. He was born in New Zealand circa 1926; his parents, John and Amelia Park. originally came from Walker, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. They lived in the Auckland area. Matt served in the RAF during World War 2, possibly as a navigator or observer (having trained for a while in Canada). Contact: Julia Tempest (Matt Park is a cousin of her mother) – email@example.com.
Medal found belonging to a Pte Thomas Charlton 6\1260
A Victory Medal belonging to a Pte Thomas Charlton 6\1260, who served with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion 2nd reinforcements in World War 1, has been found in the estate of Lesley Bruce’s mother. Family members have no knowledge of a Thomas Charlton or how they have the medal, which they would like to return to its rightful owner. Contact: Lesley Bruce – 258 Songer St, Stoke Nelson; 03 5473769; lesleyabruce@ gmail.com.
RSA badge, number 36503, found in Gisborne/ Whakatane area. Contact: Jamie Quirk – P.O.Box 668 Gisborne; 06 8690460; 0274 324920; Jquirk@ doc.govt.nz.
Childhood friend looking to locate Walter Joe
A long-lost childhood friend is looking for Walter Joe. He is known to have joined the New Zealand Army, but has probably retired. He would be aged about 62. Contact: Robert Savage – firstname.lastname@example.org.
French local history group seeks information about Francis Reese
Information or relatives of Francis Reece sought by a French local history group from Brittany trying to trace the crew of a Blenheim bomber (500 Sqd, RAF Coastal Command) which crashlanded near Nantes in September 1941. The three men on board – Francis Reece, W.Smyth (Northern Ireland) and J.Appleyard (Canada) – managed to evade capture for six weeks before being captured in Nantes when the assasination of a German Army officer led to a search. Plt Off Francis Reece 402214, the son of Albert Reece and Minnie Helen King, was born on November 5, 1919 and enlisted on June 27, 1940. Pre-war he lived at Concord, Green Island, Dunedin. He died on October 12, 2001 in Christchurch. The French group has this information, but would still appreciate any further information. The group has a website dedicated to this crew, which it will expand as it acquires more information. Contact: Johnathan Ives – email@example.com.
Navy Museum resarcher seeks Ashley Synnott
If you are Ashley Synnott, or a relation of his, contact: Michael Wynd, Navy Museum researcher – 09 4461826; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photograph requested of Maj Bob Reed
Does anyone have a copy of a photograph of Maj Bob Reed, 23138 MBE, ED. Div. Cav. Regt, or know where there may be one? The dementia unit at the Ranfurly Veterans’ Home is named after him, and a photo is being sought for display there; the unit already has his medals. The MBE was conferred in 1954. Contact: Barbara Smith – email@example.com.
Women's Section Badge found
A NZRSA Women’s Section badge, 21604 (stamped on back), has been found while cleaning out a house. Contact: Pauline and Neville Hadfield – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does anyone remember serving with Jim ‘Scotty’ Rankin?
In Italy from 1943 to 1946 with the NZ 2nd division artillery, anti-aircraft. His son is trying find Jim Rankin’s driver. The driver’s nickname was ‘Darkie’ and he was probably part Maori. Contact: Garry Rankin – 07 5782342; email@example.com.
Information sought on F/S Dupree
Bomber Command, who was admitted to Princess Mary, SRAF Hospital, in Halton, Buckinghamshire, England. His plane has crashed in enemy territoy and he was found by the Underground and helped back to the UK. He was not seriously injured and, after being interrogated by the ‘top brass’ from London, was discharged. British WAAF nursing orderlies Nancy Kaiser (nee MacLeod) and Ivy Malloy (nee Bly) looked after him. Kaiser, who has lived in Australia since 1945, and Malloy, now in Liverpool, UK, never heard what happened to Dupree. He came from the South Island, and they recall that when they were going to London, he would ask them to get him some fruit from the barrows. Contact: Nancy Kaiser – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Searching for connections to a dictionary inscribed with name 'Chittenden'
A search is on for the family connected with a small but fat French-English dictionary, with the inscription (Fred Chittenden 26/1579, NZ Pioneer Detachment, Forest Control, 1st Army, France, 15/4/1917) inside. Fred Chittenden’s mother was Mrs M A Chittenden, Bridge St, Lower Hutt, and he possibly had a sister, Daisy. Palmerston North cemetery records suggest he may have died on April 19, 1959, aged 69. It is believed that the source of the book was a Mrs Chittenden, a music teacher in Palmerston North 45 years ago. Brian, a son of hers, died on December 1, 2008, but there is no knowledge of other family members. Contact: Rosemary Hancock – P.O.Box 5573, Terrace End, Palmerston North 4441; 21 2178298; email@example.com.
Searching for Leonard Findlay’s medals
World War 1 – Distinguished Service Medal and two bars, Medaille Militaire (conferred by the president of France), 1914-15 Star, Great War Medal, Victory Medal; World War 2 – 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, New Zealand War Service Medal. Leonard Findlay was born in Dundee in 1987 and died in New Zealand in 1966, aged 66. He served in the Royal Navy in World War 1 (on Sabrina, Cormorant, Island Prince, Eaglet, Victorious and City of Perth) and in the New Zealand Navy in World War 2 on Philomel and Monowai). He spent most of his working life as a merchant seaman in New Zealand (Holm Shipping Co), and is known to have lived in Taradale, Napier, Masterton, Wellington, Dunedin, Bluff and Lyttelton. His last known address was with the Canterbury Hotel owner, Maurice Scott. The medals could have been mislaid or left in any of these places, or he could have donated them to an RSA. His ashes were scattered by HMS Pegasus at Lyttelton Heads, with local RSA members in attendance. His son, Malcolm Findlay, served in the New Zealand Navy from 1944-46, and is now 85. Contact: Malcolm J.Findlay – Villa 431, Accacia Cove Retirement Village, 131 Wattle Farm Rd. Wattle Downs, Manukau; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ypres museum would like photographs of Commonwealth soldiers
The Flanders Field Museum, in Ypres, Belgium, is setting up a database of all soldiers from the Commonwealth killed in France and Belgium during World War 1. The museum would like to include photographs of these soldiers. Johan Moors, a World War 1 researcher from Belgium, is involved in the project, locating the graves of Australian, New Zealand, Irish, Canadian and British soldiers. He sends the families a photo of the headstone at no charge. He also will plastify the photo and insert it in the Book of Remembrance at the cemetery. Contact: Johan Moors – email@example.com.
Search for Fred Leary or O'Leary
Andrew Lewis is trying to find his father, Fred Leary or O’Leary, who is thought to have come from Huntly and is known served on the HMS Bellona in 1949-50. Andrew Lewis, who was adopted out when he was born in 1950, has been searching for his father for more than 30 years. Contact: Samantha Lewis – 304 Stoney Creek Rd, Whakarongo, Palmerston North 4470; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medals found at dawn service parade in Wellington
Three medals were handed in to the Featherston RSA by the NZ Army after the dawn service parade in Wellington. They are: Defence Medal 1939- 1945; For Service To New Zealand 1939-1945; Air Crew Europe Star. There are no names on them. Contact: Christine Hirter, administration office/ club manager, Featherston Memorial RSA – 57 Fox St, Featherston; 06 3089873; 027 264493
Seeking relatives of Sgt Percy Fisher Watson
Contact sought with relatives of Sgt Percy Fisher Watson NZ415569, RNZAF KIA (photo of grave, below), who was the navigator and one of six airmen killed when their Halifax bomber crashed over Dolfijnweg, in The Netherlands, at 12:17am on July 26, 1943. He was the son of George Daniel and Margaret Watson, and was married to Barbara Calder Watson from Otago. The Watson family lived in Waimate and Oamaru. Mark Hakvoort, whose grandfather owns the farm on which the plane crashed, met the sole surviver, Sgt Jock Loudon (the rear gunner) in 1979 and again in 1989, who told him of the background and the details of the crash. Loudon died in 2003. Contact: Mark Hakvoort – Slootdorp, The Netherlands; email@example.com.
John Lear seeks old friends
John Lear, ex-RNZAF (also ex-RAF) now back in the United Kingdom, would like to re-establish contacts with John Pendreigh, I.T.S. 28 course mates (1958) and other old friends from Wigram, Shelly Bay and Hobsonville. Contact: John Lear – ‘Cartref’, Eastville Rd, Toynton St Peter, Lincolnshire PE23 5AT, United Kingdom; john. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marielle Craighead is researching the owner of a silver war badge, inscribed Gilbert George Cross NZ11238
He died in Belgium (and is buried there) on October 12, 1917. She has been to ancestry.com.au and National Archives World War 1. The family believes that Gilbert Cross and their grandfather, Charles Robert Edwards, both served in the Otago Battalion. Any clues on tracing badge to return it to its owners much appreciated. Contact: Marielle Craighead – 28 Fache St, Clyde 9330; email@example.com.
Found: War medal belonging to Percy Huia Knewstubb
World War 1 2/897, Army (R18057861) 1914 – 1918. BDM:Reg Number: 1954/24123. Died, aged 61. Vern Peterson would like to return to owners. Contact: Vern Peterson – 07 3085537; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Oliver is looking for Pat Mather
Or relatives. Pat was seconded from New Zealand to the British Navy during World War 2 and served on HMS Castor Castle in the North Atlantic. His whanau may be from the Taranaki area. Contact: Bryan Oliver – 6 Ihimaera Tce, Cambridge 3432; email@example.com.
Daughter seeks information on Sgt Victor Pratt
Sgt Victor Pratt 36615 2 NZEF, served in the Middle East. His daughter lost touch with him in the early 1950s and would appreciate contact with anyone who knew him or who can tell her anything about him, his whereabouts or his grave. Contact: Margaret Newton – 164 Collingwood St, Nelson.
Mervyn Tyree wants to contact Peter Langdon and Martin Pearson
Who were part of the original crew of HMNZS Endeavour. The ship was commissioned in San Francisco 1962-63 and made its maiden voyage to Antarctica. Contact: Mervyn Tyree – c/- 180 Wishart Rd, RD2, Helensville, Auckland; 09 9473369.
27 Machine Gun Battalion No. 3 Platoon
Richard Cato would like to share photos and stories he has of descendants and families of men who served in 27 Machine Gun Battalion No. 3 Platoon. Contact: Richard Cato – 07 8236723; firstname.lastname@example.org.
War grave repair
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is responsible for the graves of serving members of the Armed Forces who died within New Zealand during World Wars 1 and 2. The ministry wants to make structural repairs to 20 war graves in the public areas of the Waikumete Cemetery, in Auckland, this summer. The ministry would like to make contact with relatives of: Brett, Pte, William, d. 29.9.17; Brown, Rfm, John Samuel, d. 29.10.18; Commons, Pte, Hugh, d. 17.6.20; Evans, Pte, Daniel, d. 28.12.18; Gamble, Pte, Albert, d. 7.2.20; Gilmour, LAC, Angus Victor Macleod, d. 21.1.41; Grace, Rfm, David Patrick, d. 22.11.18; Grant, A.B., Frederick, d. 15.9.14; Handley, Spr, Charles Burgoyne, d. 3.8.18; Harris, Rfm, Arthur, d. 2.4.19; Hartneady, Pte, Edmond Stanley, d. 29.8.40; Hill, Tpr, Alan Roger, d. 4.4.42; Howarth, Pte, Harold, d. 15.12.18; Johnson, Spr, Ebenezer, d. 12.1.21; McDonald, LAC, Roderick William, d. 2.2.43; Ross, Sub. Lt, Angus Alexander, d. 23.9.42; Taumataua, Pte, d. 19.12.16; Warden, W.O., Francis John, d. 18.1.47; Wilson, Pte, Herbert Beaumont, d. 16.5.17; Yeend, Pte, Henry William, d. 10. 1.17. Information: Margaret Marks – senior adviser, war graves, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington; 04 4966343; email@example.com. By September 30, 2012.
The No 20 Boy Entrant School (BES) and No 2 Certificate Engineering Trainees (CET) of year 1963 are planning a reunion
In Blenheim next February. The reunion committee is seeking contact details for 23 people - A Flight: E.D.Carter (communications) New Plymouth, P.R.Taylor (communications) Auckland, A.A.Turner (electrical) Auckland. B Flight: L.M.Chambers (air frames) Ashburton, G.C.Jenkins (engines) Whangarei, B.A.Mead(instruments) Auckland, maybe Queensland, Australia, P.J.Mott (instruments) Lower Hutt, O.G.Murcott (air frames) Waihi Beach, R.J.Ramsey (instruments) Tuakau, R.E.Voight (air frames) Tokoroa. C Flight: M.J.Hanley (armament) Ashburton. R.A.Jackson (engines) Gibson, A.J.McIntosh (air frames) Dannevirke, S.D.Oates (engines) Wairoa, maybe United States, M.R.Tucker (engines) Otaki. E Flight: J.R.Berry (supplier) Rotowaro, W.M.Jameson (supplier) Wellington, R.S.Matheson (supplier) Papakura, M.P.O’Sullivan (clerk PA) Auckland, G.H.Thorne (teleg) Christchurch. F Flight: A.H.Dreadon (radio) Ruawai, A.F.Burns (radio) Blenheim, maybe Perth, Australia, R.C.Murdock (radio) Morrinsville. Contact: Ian Nalder or Rex Ashwell – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flyboys and greasemonkeys invited to airshow
487 Sqn and World War 2 Mosquito air and ground crew – that’s the ‘flyboys’ and the ‘grease monkeys’ who kept them in the air – are invited as guests of honour to an airshow and dinner on September 29. The events will be a celebration and remembrance to showcase the pubnlic launch of a Mosquito restored by specialist aviation firm Avspecs and Glyn Powell at Ardmore. Send names and contact details (yours, plus those of any mates you know of) to: Ray Tocker –164 Burns St, Leamington Cambridge; 07) 8275505 (ph and fax); 0274 854334; email@example.com.
Information sought on Terry Ryan
A New Zealander who joined Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth on April 28, 1963. He is believed to have been in the Royal New Zealand Navy at that time. He was an officer-cadet trainee pilot and is believe to have failed his flying training at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire. He probably returned to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy in some capacity. The organisers of a 50-year reunion of the Britannia Royal Naval College 1963 entry in Dartmouth on April 27, 2013 in Dartmouth are trying to trace Terry Ryan. Contact: Richard G. (Sandy) Parker – P.O.Box 596, Kerikeri 0245, Bay of Islands; 09 401666; firstname.lastname@example.org. Or pass these details on to Terry Ryan to make contact.
Chris Duffield seeks soliders who recollect CT campsite
Chris Duffield, an Australian soldier attached to 1RNZIR transport platoon, was part of a convoy in Malaysia in 1973.
He is seeking any soldier who recalls
coming upon the Communist terrorist (CT) campsite (see photo, above) and can validate his account of what happened. Duffield says rhe campsite had been evacuated just before they arrived. The convoy went into defensive mode and a clearing patrol was sent out, but no contact was made. The incident would have been reported through the administration system. The convoy commander and officer in command of the transport platoon was Capt Bruce Johnson (now dead).
Contact: Chris Duffield – email@example.com.