World War Two South Canterbury Servicemen & their headwear
From "Weekly News" 19 December 1945, courtesy of Carol Spragg. A South Canterbury 2NZEF group -
T. W. Cosgrove, J. A. Lewis, C. Bradley, M. L. Breen, G. Clark, R. D. Cordes, G.H. Ward, A. H. Sullivan, D. H. Chapman, J. H. Mowat, A. J. Gray.
The Second World War started with the usual high-crowned felt hat, the 'lemon-squeezer' but they were not suitable for use in cars and trucks, and were quite useless for members of armoured regiments. At an early point it appeared that there would be some difficulties over future supplies. In the summer of 1940 the First Echelon was issued with genuine tropical helmets. The Division then went to Greece in a combination of simpler helmets ("Bombay bowlers") and the "fore-and-aft" British cap, the reason being that these were the normal wear of British troops, and that it was easier for us to draw them from British depots than to persist with a separate hat. Thereafter we adhered to British usage, first the "fore-and-after" and then the beret but the that felt hats were the universal wear in South-east Asia. Regimental badges were given up for a universal distinctive 2NZEF New Zealand hat badge. The looped cloth shoulder title with the words "New Zealand" in white on a black background could be slid over the shoulder straps that were a part of all types of dress. The first issue was so made that it had to be stitched on but led to troubles at washing time.
In the 1920s, British tank crews began searching for an alternative to their stiff khaki service-dress cap, which just wasn't practical for duty inside the relatively new armored vehicles. The cap had to be worn backwards to use the gunner's sights, with the chin strap down to keep it on the head. The light wool serge fabric soon became home for grease stains as it was clutched and adjusted by soiled fingers. In 1924, the tankers came up with a black wool beret whose size fell in between the two French versions and was bound with black leather featuring an adjustable ribbon that ran around to tie in the back. When the British tankers added their traditional "Fear Naught" emblem above the left eye, they had a snappy piece of headgear that quickly became famous for its distinctiveness and grew to be the symbol of armored formations around the world. The military popularity of berets soared during the World War II era when various British units donned the headgear in several colors. Legend has it that the color was picked by novelist Daphne du Maurier, wife of Maj. Gen. Frederick Browning.
Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries. BTW Auckland Libraries have done a great job in digitising all the photos from this once very popular magazine which was printed by Wilson & Horton publishers of the Herald in Auckland. Like many newspapers the Auckland Weekly News has appeared under various titles. When the photographic supplement was first published in 1898 it was as a supplement to the Auckland Weekly News. Later on (1934/5) the newspaper adopted the title Weekly News to give it a more national appeal. For convenience the title Auckland Weekly News has been retained by the Auckland Libraries regardless of the year of publication, although the supplement has always included photographs from New Zealand as a whole and from overseas. Even southerners added the Auckland word but never Wellington to the rival magazine The Free Lance.
Private J. E. Brock, M. M., of Fairlie, accidentally killed. Weekly News
(29 July 1942)
Private T. H. Cook of Fairlie, South Canterbury, killed in action. Weekly News (16 June 1943)
Private E. C. H. Doyle, of Fairlie, South Canterbury, killed in action. Weekly News (24 December 1941)
Sergeant-Major A. C. T. Robertson, of Fairlie, awarded the D. C. M. Weekly News (13 January 1943)
Sergeant E. B. Robertson, of Fairlie, Canterbury, missing on operations. Weekly News (10 December 1941)
Driver F. H. Bennett, of Geraldine, killed in action. Weekly News (11 June 1941)
Sergeant-Pilot R. Clark, of Geraldine, killed on active service. Weekly News (14 April 1943)
Captain P. T. Norris, M.C., of Geraldine, killed in action. Weekly News (10 February 1943) Wounded. Weekly News (02 September 1942)
Sergeant R. W. Patrick, of Geraldine, killed on active service. Weekly News (23 December 1942)
Sergeant C. F. Scott, of Raukapuka, Geraldine, missing on air operations. Weekly News (15 January 1941)
Lieutenant H. M. H. Tripp, formerly of Geraldine, Canterbury, killed in action. Weekly News (24 February 1943)
Private A. J. Waller, of Geraldine, killed in action. Weekly News (16 July 1941)
Pleasant Point men
Private A. R. J. Campbell, of Pleasant Point, died of wounds while prisoner of
war. Weekly News (17 March 1943)
Private J. E. Chapman, of Pleasant Point, died of wounds. Weekly News (17 March 1943)
Private D. B. Giles, of Pleasant Point, killed in action. Weekly News (2 June 1943)
Private H. A. Gould, of Pleasant Point, died of wounds. Weekly News (28 October 1942)
Flt/Sgt. E. J. Roberts, of Pleasant Point, missing, believed killed. Weekly News (08 December 1943)
Sergeant V. J. Ackroyd. of Temuka, killed on active service. Weekly News (19 May
Private A. S. Anderson, of Milford, Temuka, died as a result of an accident. Weekly News (07 April 1943)
Private J. Boyle, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (04 March 1942)
Sergeant-Pilot J. J. Burke, of Temuka, killed in an aircraft accident. Auckland Weekly News (06 May 1942)
Private R. A. Crombie, of Temuka, died of wounds. Weekly News (18 November 1942)
Private B. W. T. Davis, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (20 January 1943)
Driver R. J. Davis, of Clandeboye, Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (28 July 1943)
Sergeant-Observer C. E. Donehue, of Temuka, who is reported missing on air operations. Weekly News (19 March 1941)
Sgt. M. J. Healy, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (08 December 1943)
Private S. C. Kennedy. Of Temuka, presumed killed in action. Weekly News (13 August 1941)
Pte. A. F. McCormick, of Temuka, Canterbury, killed in action. Weekly News (17 November 1943)
Private F. W. Morrison, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (11 March 1942)
Private E. L. Neville, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (31 December 1941)
L.-Corporal A. E. O'Neill, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (25 June 1941)
Bombardier S. S. Preddy, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (25 February 1942)
Private A. J. Robertson, of Temuka, died while prisoner of war. Weekly News (17 February 1943)
Private F. E. Spillane, of Temuka, missing, believed killed. Weekly News (25 June 1941)
Private J. E. Thompson, of Temuka, killed in action. Weekly News (14 October 1942)
Pilot-Officer K. W. Trigance, D.F.C., Temuka. Weekly News (7 August 1940)
Flight-Sergeant W. Andrew, of Timaru, killed on active service. Weekly News (27
Captain J. B. Andrews, of Timaru, wounded. Weekly News (24 February 1943)
Flying-Officer W. l. Anstey, of Kingsdown, Timaru, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Weekly News (12 November 1941)
Captain T. R. Atchley, of Timaru, missing, believed prisoner. Weekly News (17 December 1941)
Lieutenant B. Y. W. Baxter, of Timaru, wounded. Weekly News (11 June 1941)
Lieutenant D. J. Bell, of Timaru, wounded. Weekly News (14 October 1942)
Sergeant-Pilot A. W. P. Bird, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (13 August 1941)
Sergeant-Pilot A. W. P. Bird, of Timaru, believed killed in action. Weekly News (03 September1941)
Flt/Lt. W. T. Brown, of Timaru, awarded the D.F.C. Weekly News (01 December 1943)
Sergeant W. S. Burns, of Timaru, killed on active service. Weekly News (2 December 1942)
Pilot-Officer C. W. Carter, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (15 July 1942)
Sergeant G. K. Cartwright, of Leves, Timaru, presumed killed in action. Weekly News (13 August 1941)
Sub-Lieutenant R. J. Chettle, of Timaru, killed in an aircraft accident. Weekly News (04 August 1943)
Sergeant G. W. Clark, of Timaru, died of wounds. Weekly News (30 September1942)
Flt/Sgt. W. D. Clark, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (17 November 1943)
Captain F. J. Cook, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (05 August 1942)
Lieutenant G. S. Cooper, of Timaru, awarded the M.C. Weekly News (14 October 1942)
Driver G. Cox, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (09 July 1941)
Flight-Sergeant J. D. C. Cumming, of Timaru, awarded the D.F.M. Weekly News (27 January 1943)
Sergeant D. A. M. Davidson, of Timaru, killed on active service. Weekly News (23 June 1943)
Private L. C. Davies. of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (17 February 1943)
Private D. T. Drennan, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (16 September1942)
Trooper E. Ellis, of Timaru, awarded the M.M. Weekly News (30 June 1943)
Flight-Lieutenant G. I. Ellis, of Timaru. missing on operations. Weekly News (30 June 1943)
Wing-Commander S. C. Elworthy, of Timaru. Weekly News (12 March 1941)
Lieut. A. T. B. Green, of Timaru, missing. Weekly News (16 July 1941)
Lieutenant J. T. Halkett, of Timaru, awarded the M.C. Weekly News (3 March 1943)
Captain H. J. Hall, of Timaru, missing. Weekly News (25 November 1942)
Sergeant-Pilot W. C. Hayman, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (22 October 1941)
2nd-Lieutenant J. G. Heasley, of Timaru, wounded. Weekly News (4 June 1941)
Private E. W. V. Hessell, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (04 August 1943)
Able Seaman F. W. Hooke, of Timaru, missing on active service. Weekly News (18 August 1943)
The Rev. H. I. Hopkins, of Timaru, missing, believed prisoner of war. Weekly News (02 July 1941)
Sergeant G. A. Hutt, of Timaru, missing on air operations. Weekly News (30 September 1942)
Flying-Officer B. L. Jackson, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (13 October 1943)
Private K. N. Johnstone, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (18 February 1942)
Gunner E. E. J. Kee, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (16 September 1942)
Private P. J. Kent, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (30 December 1942)
Pilot-Officer J. McB. Kerr, of Timaru, previously missing, now prisoner of war. Weekly News (16 July 1941)
Pilot-Officer R. W. King, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (18 March 1942)
Flying-Officer A. T. Little, of Timaru, now missing, believed killed. Weekly News (22 September 1943)
Gunner E. W. (Teddy) Longman, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (30 June 1943)
Pilot-Officer J. H. Low, of Timaru, awarded the D. F. C. Weekly News (23 June 1943)
Flt/Sgt. R. W. Lower, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (17 November 1943)
FLT.-LIEUT. J. C. Martin (Timaru) Weekly News (28 May 1941)
Flight-Lieutenant J. C. Martin, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (24 September 1941)
Private T. McCone, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (11 February 1942)
Sgt/P. D. G. McNab, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (24 November 1943)
Sergeant-Pilot R. G. Morgan, of Timaru, previously reported missing, now prisoner and wounded. Weekly News (10 September 1941)
Lance-Sergeant G. A. Murray, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (11 November 1942)
Sergeant D. G. Newlands, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (24 March 1943)
F/O. G. W. Palmer, of Timaru, awarded the D.F.C. Weekly News (08 December 1943)
Cpl. C. E. Parry, of Southburn, Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (08 December 1943)
Pte. R. G. Parry, of Southburn, Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (08 December 1943)
Private J. M. Robinson, of Timaru, died as result of accidental injuries. Weekly News (18 August 1943)
Lieutenant J. F. Spring, of Washdyke, Timaru, wounded. Weekly News (28 January 1942)
Private E. W. Sherborne, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (09 JULY 1941)
Pilot-Officer I. J. Shepherd, of Timaru, missing, believed killed. Weekly News (07 October 1942)
Signalman I. F. G. Shipman, of Timaru, missing on active service. Weekly News (29 APRIL 1942)
Private A. J. P. Smith, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (25 June 1941)
Sergeant W. J. Smith. of Timaru, awarded the D.C.M. Weekly News (04 August 1943)
Pilot-Officer M. O. Stephens, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (26 November 1941)
Flight-Sergeant T. G. Strachan, of Timaru. killed on active service. Weekly News (25 August 1943)
Private V. O. Stuck, of Timaru, died of wounds. Weekly News (16 September 1942)
Private H. E. Struthers, of Ma-Waro, Timaru, awarded the Military Medal. Weekly News (03 December 1941)
Private H. E. Struthers, M. M., of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (03 February 1943)
Sergeant-Pilot A. G. Sutherland, of Timaru, missing, believed killed. Weekly News (30 September 1942)
Lt. A. G. Tait, of Timaru awarded the D.S.C. Weekly News (01 December 1943)
Sapper L. A. Tait, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (25 February 1942)
Lieutenant F. S. R. Thomson, of Timaru, wounded. Weekly News (11 June 1941)
Major F. S. R. Thomson, of Timaru, died on active service. Weekly News (28 April 1943)
Mjr. F. S. R. Thomson, of Timaru, posthumously awarded the M.C. Weekly News (29 December 1943)
Flight-Sergeant J. Thomson, of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (20 October 1943)
Private J. W. Thomson, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (2 June 1943)
Leading-Aircraftman I. J. Waldie, of Timaru, missing, believed killed. Weekly News (14 July 1943)
Sergeant B. J. Walsh, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (11 June 1941)
Flying-Officer C. C. G. Webb, formerly of Timaru, believed killed on operations. Weekly News (05 November 1941)
Sergeant-Pilot E. J. Williams, formerly of Timaru, missing on operations. Weekly News (21 January 1942)
Pilot-Officer D. E. Wood. of Timaru. Weekly News (30 June 1943)
Gunner A. K. Worthington, of Timaru, killed in action. Weekly News (11 June 1941)
Sergeant H. H. Crawley, of Waimate, killed in action. Weekly News (20 January
Sapper M. R. Crowe, of Willowbridge, Waimate North, [sic] killed in action. Weekly News (3 March 1943)
Private C. H. Fraser, of Waimate, accidentally killed Weekly News (28 October 1942)
Sergeant E. J. A. Fraser, of Waimate, awarded the D.C.M. Weekly News (15 September 1943)
Sergeant J. B. Johnston, of Waimate, killed in action. Weekly News (24 December 1941)
Private E. C. Loper, of Waimate, killed in action. Weekly News (14 October 1942)
Driver M. N. McDonald, of Waimate, died of wounds. Weekly News (28 May 1941)
Flight-Lieutenant L. McLachlan, of Waimate, missing on operations. Weekly News (26 May 1943)
Private L. C. Nelmes, of Waimate, killed in action. Weekly News (4 November 1942)
Major N. A. Rattray, of Waimate, missing. Weekly News (11 June 1941
Lance-Corporal E. J. Sole, of Waimate, killed in action. Weekly News (19 May 1943)
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Captain T.R. Atchley, of Timaru and
Hamilton, missing, believed prisoner.
Born London, 19 Sep 1905; clerk; p.w. 22 Nov 1941.
"Weekly News" 17 December 1941
The advance into Libya, 18�21 November 1941. The rest of the Division followed, with 5 Brigade leading, then 4 Brigade, then Divisional Headquarters Group, and 6 Brigade last. Next morning, 22 November, 4 and 5 Brigades, having surprised the enemy, began to exploit a promising situation. In the first glimmerings of daylight in the Menastir area, however, the surprise at a local level was often mutual and in one unfortunate case it resulted in the capture of a 4th Field FOO, Captain Atchley of 25 Battery. Atchley, with 18 Battalion, saw some men in the half light and left his vehicle and the three escorting Bren carriers and went ahead to investigate. That was the last that was seen or heard of him and it gave rise to anxiety not only on his behalf, but because he was known to have with him a map reference code and a daily time and map reference adder for adjusting codes up to 30 November. �These were not dated�, Divisional Headquarters hopefully reported to Corps in the afternoon, �but are just a mass of figures in his notebook.�
Lieutenant B.Y.W. Baxter, of Timaru, wounded.
Weekly News 11 June 1941
Driver Francis Henry Bennett, of Geraldine, killed in action14/04/1941.
Weekly News 11 June 1941
New Zealand Army Service Corps, Service No: 5585.
Son of Henry Foley Bennett and Margaret Edith Olive Bennett, of Geraldine.
Phaleron War Cemetery, in S.E., Greece.
Private John Boyle, of Temuka, South Canterbury, killed in action.
"Weekly News" 4 March 1942
New Zealand Machine Gun Battalion. Unit: 27th Age: 22. DOD: 28 November 1941 Service No: 37626
S/o Herbert Scott Boyle, and of Henrietta Christina Boyle (nee Alves), of Temuka.
Cemetery: Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma 14. J. 17.
Private Andrew Mckay Sawdon Burnett, of Cave, South Canterbury,
killed in action 21/05/1941. Age: 27. Service No: 11589 Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete
"Weekly News" 2 July 1941
Regiment: New Zealand Infantry, 23rd Bn.
Son of Donald Burnett and of Barbara Ann Burnett (nee MacLeod), of Cave.
Cadwell Darroch of Timaru, died while prisoner of
war, 2 December 1943
"Weekly News" August 9th 1944
New Zealand Corps of Signals, 2 N.Z. Div. Sigs.
Age: 25 DOD: 22/12/1943 Service No: 17035
S/o Donald Darroch and of Ethel Jean Darroch (nee Pettigrew), of Timaru.
Milan War Cemetery III. B. 10.
2nd-Lieut. John Windeyer
Fisher of Albury, wounded.
"Weekly News" 7 May 1941
First hospital ship, "Somertshire" returned to New Zealand
New Zealand Armoured Corps
Age: 29 DOD: 16/12/1942 Service No: 30856
S/o Harold Hill Fisher and Agnes Moubray Fisher, of Albury.
Tripoli War Cemetery 12. F. 2.
2nd-Lieut. H.S. Habbott, of Timaru
"Weekly News" 18 June 1941
2nd-Lieutenant J.G. Heasley, of Temuka, wounded.
From "Weekly News" 4 June 1941
The Rev. H.I. Hopkins, of Timaru,
missing, believed prisoner of war.
"Weekly News" 2 July 1941
Rev. H. I. Hopkins, m.i.d., (C of E); Temuka; born Dunedin, 30 Aug 1908; POW. May 1941. The wounded in Crete had already had a hard and exhausting campaign in Greece. They had experienced the first large-scale parachute attack in history and many begged the chaplains to stay with them. Four stayed and were captured. They were Padres J. Hiddlestone, H. I. Hopkins, W. E. W. Hurst and R. J. Griffiths.
Pte. Alexander Francis McCormick, of Temuka,
killed in action.
New Zealand Infantry Service No: 74256
Age: 23 Date of Death: 28/09/1943 Bourail NZ Cemetery, New Caledonia
S/o James and Elizabeth McCormick
Myles Norman McDonald, Waimate, died of wounds 20/04/1941 Age: 31.
From "Weekly News" 28 May 1941
Driver, New Zealand Army Service Corps Service No: 9733.
Son of Myles William McDonald, and of Bessie McDonald (nee Atwill), of Waimate
McVey, of Timaru killed in action, 28 November 1943
"Weekly News" 23 February 1944
New Zealand Infantry - 26th Bn.
Age: 45 DOD: 28/11/1943 Service No: 888
S/o John McVey and of Annie McVey (nee Morrison)
Sangro River War Cemetery XVI. B. 20.
Private Edward Laurie Neville, of Temuka, killed in action.
"Weekly News" 31 December 1941
New Zealand Infantry 23rd Bn. Age: 23
Date of Death: 26/11/1941 Service No: 15505
S/o Charles James Neville and Ellen Beatrice Moxhay Neville, of Temuka.
Alamein Memorial Column 104.
Major N.A. Rattray, of Waimate, missing.
Weekly News 11 June 1941
Major Neil A. Rattray, Waimate, born Dunedin, 7
Nov 1896; farmer; MBE, m.i.d., Croix de Guerre (Fr); MLC; Waimate; born Dunedin,
7 Nov 1896; soldier and farmer; Royal Irish Fusiliers (Capt) 1915�22 (twice
wounded); p.w. 25 Apr 1941.
The Evacuation from Megara, night 25�26 and day 26 April
The more advanced of the walking wounded and those who were driving through from Athens or from 4 Brigade were immediately in danger of capture. Major Rattray, the NZ Liaison Officer at Headquarters, British Troops in Greece, Athens, was particularly unfortunate. After remaining in the city to arrange for the evacuation of many stray detachments, he had left with two vehicles, picking up many walking wounded and approaching the canal just before the attack developed. Strafing aircraft forced the party to take cover and before long paratroopers had surrounded and captured it. Those farther back along the cliff road had more time to deal with the situation.
A number of prisoners found fulfilment for their own aspirations in unselfishly forwarding the escapes of others. Among these men were the expert forgers of passports, and the tailors who made up blankets or other improvised materials into passable imitations of civilian clothes. A Zealand major (Neill Rattray) was commended for his 'tact, patience, initiative and above all an optimistic outlook' as secretary of escape committees in successive prison camps in Germany. NZETC
F/O C.L. SIEGERT, of Fairlie, awarded the D.F.C.
"The Weekly News" 3 Jan. 1945
Private A.J.P. Smith of Timaru, killed in action.
"The Weekly News" 25 June 1941
Private F.E. Spillane, of Temuka, missing, believed killed.
"The Weekly News" 25 June 1941
Lieutenant J. F. Spring, of Washdyke, Timaru wounded.
"Weekly News" 28 January 1942
Lieutenant F.S.R. Thomson of Timaru
Weekly News 11 June 1941
Sergeant Brian Joseph Walsh, of Timaru, killed in action
Weekly News 11 June 1941
New Zealand Infantry Service No: 10083. Athens Memorial.
Lance Corporal Evan Augustus WATERS, of Temuka,
died of wounds17/05/1941, age 23. Alamein Memorial.
"Weekly News" 18 June 1941
New Zealand Infantry 23rd Bn. Service No: 10588
Son of Dudley and Emma Louisa Waters of Temuka
Gunner Anthony Ken Worthington
"Weekly News" June 6th 1941 & 11 June 1941
New Zealand Artillery, 9 Field Regt. Service No: 22432
Born: 1918, Age: 22, DOD: 15 April 1941, Greece
Son of Anthony Henry D. Worthington and Ellen Worthington, of Timaru
Images courtesy of Carol. Posted July 7 2002. Photos of servicemen appeared in the "Weekly News". Do a search on the NZ mailing list archives for Spragg or WW2 photos "Weekly News", year 2002 - 2010 to find whose photo appeared in the "Weekly News"
Weekly News 30 June 1943 Group photo and caption.
Dominion Officers of the Fleet Air Arm who are members of the first British flying group to operate on America's west coast.
BROWN M C Temuka
MARTIN V H Timaru
Repatriated prisoners 3 May 1945. "Previously reported prisoners of war, the following personnel of the Second NZEF are now reported to have been released or have escaped from prisoner-of-war camps and are now safe. Sgt T. V. HEALY, Timaru
29 May 1944 Hawkes Bay Herald Tribune
"The following 2nd NZEF casualty list was issued tonight. Wounded: Cpl Arthur S. MOORE Timaru
Weekly News 1 June 1944 "The following Second NZEF casualty list was issued tonight:
Missing: McKENZIE Pte Alan G; NOK Mrs N McKenzie, Cave (mother)
From Hawkes Bay Herald Tribune May 17 1944
Wellington 16 May. The following personnel of the Second NZEF were mentioned in the casualty list issued today. Wounded:
RAE Pte Edward, Geraldine
Evening Post, 9 September 1941, Page 9
SCOTT, Sergeant Christopher Falcon, previously reported missing in December, later reported prisoner of war and wounded, now safe in England. Mr. J. Scott, Box 53, Raukapuka, Geraldine (f.).
Taranaki Herald 3 November 1942 KILLED IN ACTION
LOVEDAY Spr Clyde Thomas S NOK T J LOVEDAY Waimate (brother)
DIED OF WOUNDS HUNTER T/Cpl Roy NOK Mrs B HUNTER Timaru (wife)
Taranaki Herald 4 November 1942
N.Z.E.F. CASUALTIES KILLED IN ACTION
DAVIES Pte Llewelyn C NOK L DAVIES Timaru (father)
Taranaki Herald 4 November 1942 N.Z.E.F CASUALTIES -WOUNDED
GUDSELL Pte Cecil H, Timaru
WELLS Pte Thomas W., Timaru
Evening Post, 5 January 1943, Page 3 N.Z.E.F. CASUALTIES
KILLED. IN ACTION.
NORRIS, Peter T. (M.C), Capt. Canon J. H. Norris - The Vicarage, Geraldine (f.)
FISHER, John W., Lieut. Mr. H. H. Fisher, "Shenley," Albury (f.)
CROWE, Michael R., Spr. Mrs. A. Crowe, Willowbridge (m.)
PRISONER OF WAR AND WOUNDED� PREVIOUSLY REPORTED KILLED IN ACTION
ANDREWS, John, Capt. Mrs. J. H. Andrews, 68 Evans. Street, Timaru (m.)
GILBERT, Henry W.. Dvr. Mrs. S. Gilbert, Gammock Street, Temuka (m.)
Taranaki Daily News 21 April 1944 Wounded
PENEAMENA Pte Studholme O NOK Mrs H BENSON Morven (Aunt)
Taranaki Daily News 22 June 1944 Died of Wounds
BARBER T/Cpl William G (M.M.) NOK Mrs J PETERSON Timaru (friend)
Evening Post, 9 September 1941, Page 9
SCOTT, Sergeant Christopher Falcon, previously reported missing in December, later reported prisoner of war and wounded, now safe in England. Mr. J. Scott, Box 53, Raukapuka, Geraldine (f.).
From Taranaki Daily News 2 August 1944. Newspaper report. No photos.
ANDERSON Tpr Arthur H NOK Mrs I M ANDERSON Timaru (mother) KILLED IN ACTION
BROOK L/Cpl Stanley G NOK Mrs R E BROOK Fairlie (wife) WOUNDED
STERICKER Pte John H NOK Mrs A R STERICKER Timaru (mother) WOUNDED
STREET 2nd Lieut Rewai T NOK Mrs E D STREET Timaru (wife) WOUNDED
Taranaki Daily News 13 September 1944
Previously Reported Missing
CLIMO Flight Sgt F W NOK Mrs CLIMO Timaru (mother)
McILRAITH Flight Sgt William S NOK Mrs A F LANE Waimate (sister)
Taranaki Daily News 5 October 1944
ARMY CASUALTIES - Wounded
BROWN Pte Reginald W NOK Mrs A C BROWN Timaru (mother)
CHAPMAN Tpr Dudley H NOK Mrs A A CHAPMAN Timaru (mother)
Taranaki Daily News 6 October 1944 Wounded
COFFEY Tpr Stanley J NOK D J COFFEY Temuka (father)
EDGAR Pte Robert L NOK Mrs A EDGAR Temuka (mother)
GOOD Pte William NOK A F GOOD Timaru (father)
PINNELL Pte Harold E NOK MRS G M PINNELL Waimate (wife)
WASHINGTON L/Cpl Leslie NOK G L WASHINGTON Temuka (father)
Taranaki Daily News 11 October 1944 Killed in Action
SCOTT Pte George V D NOK Mrs R SCOTT Timaru (mother)
Died of Wounds COFFEY Tpr Stanley J NOK D J COFFEY Temuka (father)
Taranaki Daily News 12 October 1944
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED MISSING, believed prisoner of war
PELVIN Herbert V Timaru
Taranaki Daily News 23 October 1944 22 massacred the Japanese. Memorial
TAYLOR Lieut Allan Leicester NOK Mr Wm. Charles TAYLOR and of Caroline Taylor (nee Hay), Waimate (father)
Killed island of Tarawa in the Gilbert group on October 15,1942. Doc NZ Coast Watcher Service, operator
Taranaki Daily News 23 October 1944 Wounded
CAIN Pte David S C NOK Mrs E N CAIN Temuka (wife)
SCOTT Pte Kevin J NOK A SCOTT Timaru (father)
Taranaki Daily News 13 November 1944 ARMY CASUALTIES
Not Wounded, previously reported wounded, now reported not wounded
JAMIESON Tpr Roland A Winchester
NAVY-FLEET AIR ARM REPORT
Several NZ Fleet Air Arm Pilots took part in the Royal Navy's recent attack
on the Japanese-held island of Car Nicobar.
DIREEN Sub-Lieut (A) A W. R.N.Z.N.V.R. Timaru
WRIGHT Sub-Lieut (A) F H S R.N.Z.N.V.R. Timaru
Taranaki Daily News 21 November 1944 ARMY CASUALTIES
Prisoner of War, previously reported missing, believed Prisoner of War
McDONALD Pte James Leslie Waimate
Died on Active Service
LEITCH Tpr Terence NOK Mrs H LEITCH Temuka (mother)
From "Taranaki Daily News" 1-2 December 1944 Prisoner of War, Previously reported wounded and missing
SIMPSON L/Cpl Robert Marriott Temuka
Taranaki Daily News 9 February 1945
HOWE Frank George NOK Mrs A HOWE Timaru (mother)
Evening Post, 17 February 1945, Page 8
KILLED IN ACTION. BOYLE, Reginald Alexander, T/Mjr. Mrs. H. C. Boyle, 101 Railway Tee., Temuka (m.).
PRISONERS OF WAR�NOW REPORTED SAFE POWELL, Lewis James, Pte. Mrs. M. Powell, 34 Jackson St., Timaru (m.).
Taranaki Daily News Tues 27 March 1945, page 6 (no photos)
Safe. Previously reported Prisoners of War - MORRISON Pte John Andrew, Temuka
Taranaki Herald 12 November 1945 NZEF AWARDS Distinguished Service in Field.
Sgt James RUSSELL Temuka
Lance Sgt Edward B GLASS Albury
"N.Z. Weekly News" & "Free Lance" WW2 Personnel - Individual photos and captions (244) not online
ACKROYD V J Temuka 19 May 1943 AINGE A O Timaru 21 Feb. 1945 AITCHESON I D Timaru 18 July 1945, miscellaneous (p21) ALDRIDGE F A Cave 10 March 1943 ALLAN Ronald Fairlie 17 Oct 1945 (p13) misc ALLWRIGHT Denis G Timaru 29 Nov. 1944 (p43) ANDERSON A H Timaru 6 Sept. 1944 ANDREWS J B Timaru 24 Feb. 1943 ANDREW W Timaru 2 Sep. 1942 NZ Free Lance(p24) ANDREW W Timaru 27 Oct. 1943 pg 20 ARMSTRONG E R Geraldine 10 Jan. 1945 ASKIN Frank Richardson Geraldine 30 Aug. 1944 (p13) ASKIN S E Albury 12 May 1943 BAILLIE G Timaru 16 Aug. 1944 BAILLIE W R Timaru 21 Jun. 1944 BAKER R J Timaru 27 Sep. 1944 BAKER R Timaru 25 Mar. 1942 Free Lance (p26) BALFOUR R H Timaru 29 Mar. 1944 BARKER David Hereward Geraldine 9 Feb. 1944 Miscellaneous(p10) BARRAR JN Studholme Junction 2 Sep 1942 NZ Free Lance (p22) s/o Mrs L BARRAR BARTOS S Waimate 19 Jan. 1944 BATCHELOR F H C Timaru 19 Apr. 1944 BAXTER B Y W Timaru 11 June 1941 BAXTER R J Waimate 18 Jun. 1941 NZ Airmen Training at Canadian Bombing & Gunnery School BECKINGHAM G G Timaru 9 Dec. 1942 BECKINGHAM Gordon G Timaru 28 Feb. 1945 (p11) BELL D J Timaru 14 Oct. 1942 BELL Dave Timaru 6 June 1945 (p13) Miscellaneous BENNETT F H Geraldine 11 June 1941 BERGIN J S Temuka 12 Apr. 1944 BLACKHAM J Timaru 3 July 1946 BLAIR J W Waimate 6 Sept. 1944 BOYLE J Temuka 28 Jan. 1942 (p26) Free Lance s/o Mrs H BOYLE BRENTON L G Geraldine 24 May 1944 BRIDGES Sister Timaru 27 May 1942 (p8) BROCK J E Fairlie 29 July 1942 BROOKS Leslie Timaru 14 June 1944 (p11) BROWN A R Timaru 21 Oct. 1942 BROWN M C Temuka 23 Aug. 1944 BURNESS G W Hook, Timaru 29 Dec. 1943 (p33) & 10 October 1945 BURNETT A M S Cave 02 July CALDIS E Timaru 26 Feb. 1944 misc (p36) BURNESS G W Hook, Waimate 10 Oct. 1945 CAIRD F D Timaru 14 Feb. 1945 CALLAN N J Timaru 28 June 1944 CAMERON M Cave 8 Mar. 1944 Combined Services Club opened in the Solomons CAMPBELL A R J Pleasant Point 17 March 1943 CAMPBELL D C Pleasant Point 8 March 1944 CARTWRIGHT J S Pleasant Point 27 Sep. 1944 CAVE Frederick William Timaru 27 May 1942 (p9) CHAPMAN J E Pleasant Point 17 March 1943 CHAPMAN O R Kakahu Geraldine 18 Aug 1943 CLARK W D Timaru 17 Nov. 1943 CLIMO F W P Timaru 1 Nov. 1944 COOK C B Timaru 24 Jan. 1945 COOK F J Timaru 5 Aug. 1942 COOK Frank J Timaru 15 Jan. 1941 (p11) Free Lance COOPER G S Timaru 14 Oct. 1942 COSGROVE M W Timaru 30 Aug. 1944 CRAWLEY H H Waimate 20 Jan. 1943 CRERAR Stuart G Timaru 4 Aug. 1943 (p8) miscellaneous CROMBIE R A Temuka 18 Nov. 1942 CROSS Lance Timaru 18 July 1945(p49) Free Lance DAVIS B W T Temuka 20 Jan. 1943 DENT B I Maungati 19 Jul. 1944 DENT Bruce Ingham Timaru 14 June 1944 (p35) DEPHOFF H C Timaru 12 Jan. 1944 (p23) DIREEN Alex Sth Cant. 24 Apr. 1945 (p12) DIREEN Andrew William Sth Canterbury 24 Apr. 1945 (p12) misc. DIREEN Noel Sth Cant. 24 Apr. 1945 (p12) misc. DOBBIN L St G Milford, Cant. 25 Nov. 1942 DONEHUE C E Temuka 5-12-19-26 March 1941 DOW Ivan Timaru 29 Dec. 1943 (p9) DOWIE E W P Timaru 4 Nov. 1942 EARL Alister Timaru 7 Feb. 1945 (p13) ELLEN L A Waimate 3 Oct. 1945 ELLIS C R Timaru 30 Aug. 1944 ELWORTHY S C Timaru 23 April 1941 ELSWORTHY S G Timaru 5-12-19-26 March 1941 ELWORTHY S C Timaru 8 Jan. 1941 misc (p13) FEAR R F Timaru 15 Jul. 1942 WW2 personnel Ski troops Syria FENTON R G Timaru 12 Apr. 1944 FRIEL G M Waimate 18 July 1945 FIGGINS Walter Timaru 6 Sep. 1944 (p13) FITZGERALD T B Temuka 17 July 1940 (p13) FLANAGAN Edward John 22 Nov. 1944 (p13) FORSTER Mildred Rosewill, Timaru 5 Jan. 1944 (p8) Free Lance FOX H I S Tycho 28 Oct. 1942 FRASER C H Waimate 28 Oct. 1942 FRASER E J A Waimate 12 Jan. 1944 & 15 Sept. 1943 GABITES Lieut G L Timaru 19 May 1943 (p11) NZ Free Lance GALE G N Geraldine 24 Apr. 1945 GALE W K Temuka 8 Mar. 1944 GALE W K Temuka 3 May 1944 GATCHELL C S Timaru 23 July 1941 GILBERT G H Temuka 23 July 1943 (p5) GILES D B Pleasant Point 2 June 1943 GOULD H A Pleasant Point 28 Oct. 1942 GREEN W R Timaru 4 Nov. 1942 GRIFFITHS R G Rev Waimate 22 July 1942 GREENALL S J Sister Sth Canterbury 3 Nov. 1943 (p8) GUTHRIE B W Timaru 26 Feb. 1944 misc (p36) GUTHRIE S L Timaru 2 Aug. 1944 Photo of Ruby team (p34) 8th Brigade Cooks' Team HALKETT J T Timaru 3 March 1943 HALL H J Timaru 25 Nov. 1942 HALL Margaret Timaru 22 Aug. 1945 HALLETT Frederick Timaru 6 June 1945 (p13) Miscellaneous HANNIGAN Jack Timaru 5 Apr. 1944 NZ POWS in Germany-Stalag VIIIB HARPER G Geraldine 24 Apr. 1945 (p36) HAYMAN W Timaru 11 Nov. 1942 HEATH W H Waimate 3 Oct. 1945 misc. HENNESSY J M Waimate 16 Aug. 1944 HESSELL E W V Timaru 4 Aug. 1943 HOLMES C W Timaru 30 Aug. 1944 (p40) HOOKE F W Timaru 18 Aug. 1943 HOPKINS H I Rev Timaru HOWES V C Albury 14 July 1943 INGLIS Brig. Lindsay M Timaru & Dunedin 19 May 1943 (p8) NZ Free Lance IRVINE G A J 23 Feb. 1944 "Free Lance" (p8)H/o Mrs I E IRVINE Geraldine JAMES Jack Timaru 28 Mar. 1945 (p9) Free Lance JOHNSON C Timaru 26 Sep. 1945 on the roof of the Fernleaf Club, Tuis JOHNSTONE K Timaru 28 Jan. 1942 (p24) Free Lance s/o W JOHNSTONE Ashburton JOYCE N E Timaru 13 Dec. 1944 KELLAWAY Douglas Timaru 11 Apr. 1945 personnel misc KING Dudley R Temuka 29 Nov. 1944 (p11) LAMB F G S Cave 4 Feb. 1942 LAPTHORN William Henry Geraldine 10 Feb. 1945 Wounded Taranaki Herald and Taranaki Daily News LATIMER Cyril Timaru 6 June 1945 (p13) Miscellaneous LAWSON G E Timaru 6 Dec. 1944 LEITCH T Temuka 27 Dec. 1944 LESLIE J A Timaru 8 March 1944 LESLIE J A 23 Feb. 1944 (p8) Free Lance S/O Mrs C T EVANS Timaru LIGGINS Rita C Sister Timaru 21 Oct. 1942 (p6) miscellaneous LISTER A H Timaru 3 May 1944 LITTLE A T Timaru 22 Sept 1943 LOWER R W Timaru 17 Nov. 1943 MACDONALD Joyce Timaru 12 Dec. 1945 (p13) McALEER J J Morven 17 Mar. 1943 McCORMICK A F Temuka 17 Nov. 1943 McDONALD M N Waimate 28 May 1941 McFARLANE George Timaru 4 Aug. 1943 (p8) miscellaneous McKENZIE E Timaru 18 Aug. 1943 (p29) miscellaneous McKENZIE John Timaru 21 Nov. 1945 (p12) McKENNA L D Timaru 27 Dec. 1944 McMAHON J A Timaru 5 Jan. 1944 McNAB D G Timaru 24 Nov. 1943 MANCHESTER W M Waimate 23 July 1943 (p5) MARTIN J C Timaru 28 May 1941 MARTIN J K Timaru 14 July 1943 (p9) miscellaneous MacPHERSON J A Geraldine 22 Nov. 1944 MILNE Ronald D Timaru 14 June 1944 (p36) MOORE M G Sister Timaru 10 Jan. 1940 (p19 & p22) Stratford, Fiji MORRIS Alan F Geraldine 26 Apr. 1944 MORRIS Alec W Geraldine 26 Apr. 1944 MOSS C H Geraldine 7 Feb. 1945 MORTON Austin Timaru 17 May. 1944 (p10) MORTON H A Timaru 17 Mar. 1943 (p14) MURRAY Sister M I Timaru 18 Nov. 1942 Scenes at a NZ General Hospital in Syria MURRAY G A Timaru 11 Nov. 1942 MURRAY H J Timaru 12 July 1944 MURRAY H J Timaru 2 Sep. 1942 (p24) NZ Free Lance NELMES L C Waimate 4 Nov. 1942 NEWLANDS D G Timaru 24 Mar. 1943 NEWMAN A G P Timaru 4 Apr. 1945 NEWMAN Herbert Douglas 8 Jan. 1941 misc (p13)s/o Mrs H M NEWMAN, Timaru NORRIS P T Geraldine 10 Feb. 1943 NORRIS P T Geraldine 2 Sept 1942 OLERENSHAW I Waimate 26 Dec. 1945 (p10) OLIPHANT Shona Timaru 23 Aug. 1944 (p15) OPIE A A Temuka 1 Mar. 1944 O'CONNELL J J Epworth, Temuka 9 Feb. 1944 O'CONNOR E T Timaru 23 Dec. 1942 O'NEIL L J Willowbridge 12 May 1943 O'ROURKE R F Timaru 23 Feb. 1944 "Free Lance"(p8) s/o Mrs O A O'ROURKE O'ROURKE R F Timaru 15 Mar. 1944 PALMER J C Waimate 19 July 1944 PARK K R Air Vice-Marshall 5 Aug. 1942 (p7) New Zealand Free Lance PARFOOT H D Timaru 24 Feb. 1943 (p28) PARSONS D J Timaru 3 Apr. 1940 (p60) PARSONS O J Timaru 5 Nov. 1941 PATRICK R W Geraldine 23 Dec. 1942 PATRICK S S 2 July 1941 Free Lance s/o Mrs M A PATRICK Geraldine PATRICK S S Geraldine 2 July 1941 PEARCE H G Timaru 11 Oct. 1944 PEARSE Dick Temuka 28 Feb. 1945 (p11) PORTER G F Timaru 18 July 1945 miscellaneous (p21) SANDERS F G Timaru 21 Feb. 1945 RATTRAY N A Waimate 11 June 1941 READ E A G Timaru 8 Mar. 1944 RENNIE A J C Timaru 9 Feb. 1944 RIDDLE B C Fairlie 28 June 1944 ROBERTSON A C T Fairlie 5 Apr. 1944 ROBINSON J M Timaru 18 Aug. 1943 ROLLESTON Gwendoline Timaru 5 Jan. 1944 (p10) RYAN Cyril Timaru 24 Oct. 1945 (p8) Free Lance RYAN John Timaru 24 Oct. 1945 (p8) Free Lance RYAN Les Timaru 24 Oct. 1945 (p8) Free Lance SANDERS F G Timaru 21 Feb. 1945 SCOTT Sr Ellen (NZANS) Fairlie 19 May 1943(p9) NZ Free Lance SCOTT G V D Timaru 22 Nov. 1944 SHEARS Sgt F Gs/o Mrs S Shears Timaru 5 Aug. 1942 (p24) New Zealand Free Lance SHEDDAN A B Waihao Downs 29 Mar. 1944 SHEDDON C J Waihoa Downs 16 May 1945 SHEPHERD I J Timaru 7 Oct. 1942 SHIPMAN I F G Timaru 29 Apr. 1942 SIEGERT C L Fairlie 3 Jan. 1945 SIEGERT C L Fairlie 29 Nov. 1944 (p45) SMITH G A E Temuka 26 Apr. 1944 SMITH Harry Timaru 5 Apr. 1944 NZ POWS in Germany-Stalag VIIIB SOLE E J Waimate 19 May 1943 SPRING John Francis Timaru 18 July 1945(p22) Free Lance STOWELL J H Esk Valley 14 July 1943 STUCK V O Timaru 2 Sep. 1942 (p22) NZ Free Lance s/o Mrs A J STUCK STRUTHERS H E Ma-Waro, Timaru 3 Dec. 1941 TAIT L A 28 Jan. 1942 (p24) Free Lance s/o Mrs E M WALKER Timaru TAVENER M Waimate 21 Feb. 1945 TAYLOR H T Timaru 27 Dec. 1944 TAYLOR S E Timaru 26 Feb. 1944 misc (p20) TEWHAIO T T Waimate 18 July 1945(p34) Free Lance THOMSON F S R Timaru 11 June 1941 THOMSON F S R Timaru 29 Dec. 1943 THOMSON J W Timaru 2 June 1943 TRIPP C W H Geraldine 29 Mar. 1944 TRIPP D M H Geraldine 19 Apr. 1944 TRIPP H M H Geraldine 24 Feb. 1943 TRIPP Peter Mowbray Geraldine 9 Dec. 1942 UPHAM C H 27 May 1942 (p18) & 16 May 1945 UPHAM Capt C H (V.C.) 5 Aug. 1942 p33 New Zealand Free Lance VERDON W L Timaru 30 Apr. 1941 VERITY V Cave 27 Aug. 1941 VERITY V B Cave 12 June 1940 VERITY V B Cave 5-12-19-26 March 1941 WALDIE I J Timaru 14 July 1943 WALDIE I J Timaru 23 Jun. 1943 (p33)Crew or passenger flying-boat NZRAF missing sea flight 5 Jun WALLACE R F Waimate 20 June 1945 WALLER A J Geraldine 10 May 1943 WALSH B J Timaru 11 June 1941 WALSH W P Timaru 1 Nov. 1944 WEBB P/O C C G Timaru 19 Feb. 1941 (p6) Free Lance WEBB C C G Timaru 5 Nov. 1941 WEBB George Timaru 17 May 1944 (p10) s/o Mr & Mrs H H WEBB, Timaru WHATMAN Norman H Waimate 29 Nov. 1944 (p11) WHITE D V Timaru 2 Aug. 1944 WHITE M M Waimate 22 Nov. 1944 (p36) WILSON T J Timaru 26 Apr. 1944 WILLIAMS L Waimate 3 May. 1944 WILLIAMS L S Waimate 8 March 1944 WINTERBOURN Doris Timaru 6 Sep. 1944 (p13) WRIGHT J A Timaru 15 Nov. 1944 WRIGHT Percy Timaru 24 Oct. 1945 (p8) Free Lance
Auckland Weekly News memories 'Bryn Mawr" in Cannington
April 2006 - Christchurch. The Last Reunion for the 20th Battalion and Armoured Regiment, a unit formed in 1939, that included the first New Zealand soldiers to leave for World War Two. It also included two time Victoria Cross winner Charles Upham. It began with a church service and the murmur of mates. Once inside, they sang the national anthem and remembered the fallen. Amongst the men present, there's pride not only in country but in each other "It's a hard feeling to describe...very hard. You lived together, fought together, drank together and ate together, everything was done together," And because all that, friendships were forged - forged and never forgotten. "This is the first time we've met since the end of the war and that's over 60 years." Now just 40 veterans remain from a unit of thousands that saw service in Greece, Crete, Africa and Italy. And it was in Italy that they last saw each other. "We lost our tank more or less on the river Po, we were the only two un-wounded or still on our feet." On Monday they re-visited Burnham camp where their journey began and on Tuesday they'll celebrate the deeds of others at a dawn ceremony - making for an emotional few days. "The best mates you make are the ones made in adversity, hard times, the difficult times...you find out who you can rely on and the 20th Battalion were wonderful people." Austen Deans says. Wonderful people, powerful memories and friendships that've stood the test of time.
NZ Marriage Index shows Thomas Watson NICOL married Minnie Elizabeth COCKLE in 1932. Thomas Watson NICOL was in the 2nd Reserves. He was a Labourer and his address at the time was Main South Road, Temuka.
RSA website have a searchable database of
'Last Post' entries since June 2000
2009: People believed in the past that the RSA was solely for returned servicemen, then for returned and services, but now, anyone can become a member of the RSA, although you still have to be nominated and seconded, and your name goes up on the board for a month.
ANDREWS, G B 53945 WWII NZE 14/04/01 Timaru ANDREWS, HD WWII 23Bn 20/07/08 Timaru BARWOOD, A W 25481 WWII NZA 11/02/07 Timaru BRADLEY, P J 5690 WWII Div Int, Engs 04/12/00 Timaru BRADY, N C 2054 25/01/07 Timaru BREEN, N F 409302 WWII 27Bn 14/07/00 Timaru BROADHEAD, E 4616022 WWII, Imp 25/02/01 Temuka BROWN, C R 266887 WWII, ASC 16/11/01 Timaru BROWN, D W 909540 WWII, RAF 24/01/03 Timaru BROWN, FH WWII, 23Bn 20/08/08 Timaru BROWN, J 530306 WWII, 37Bn, DCoy 04/08/11 Waimate CARLTON A H 11685 WWII 26Bn 21/09/03 Temuka CHAPMAN, DI 82331 WWII 2NZEF 8Reinf 27/11/09 Geraldine COSGROVE, G G 208807 WWII Korea Army Div Tpt 27/11/06 Timaru HALPINE, D W 16878 Vietnam, RNZN 08/01/02 Timaru HARPER, N D 390419 WWII, 23Bn 24/11/00 Timaru HAVIS, J W 19043738 WWII, Imp, 8 & 9 Para 10/02/07 Timaru HENNESSY, J M 13655 WWII, 2NZEF, 23Bn, ACoy 10/01/01 Waimate HERD, W R 445607 WWII, RNZAF 20/07/07 Timaru HEWITSON, W R 4311051 WWII 29/11/02 Waimate HEWSON, H H 9480 WWII 20/11/03 Geraldine HILL, L R 647039 WWII, 2NZEF 25/01/03 Timaru HOARE, W E 90267 WWII, 2NZEF, 7A/Tk 04/03/02 Waimate HOBBS, W J 19650 WWII, 23Bn 21/06/03 Timaru HOLMES, O G E 280546 WWII, 27MG Bn 03/08/05 Timaru HOUSTON, S J 111758 WWII, Provost 04/10/03 Timaru HUNT, A 3/434 WWII, Army 18/04/01 Temuka HUNT, F EM550887 WWII 23/05/01 Temuka HUSBAND, E M R 74247 WWII, NZASC 08/12/06 Timaru HUTCHESON, H E NZ2794 WWII, Navy 28/07/01 Temuka MACDONALD, James Hughie 47459 WWII 19/07/69 Timaru SMITH, D W 60133 WWII, 3Div 28/07/01 Timaru SMITH, G 429903 WWII RNZAF 24/07/01 Geraldine SMITH, R J 447362 WWII Air Force 02/04/01 Timaru WARD, A 15268 WWII NZMC 6Fld Amb 19/10/03 Timaru
Last Post February 2004 Haines, JWH 21769 WWII RNZE, 7Fld 22/11/03 Timaru Hickmore, JD LFX765531 21/11/03 Geraldine Keen, FG 50342 WWII 27/01/04 Temuka Kirkman, NJ 748740 WWII 26Bn 28/10/03 Timaru Morrison, AR 4098 WWII 26Bn 01/01/04 Timaru Sagar, AF, 294604 WWII MN 06/12/03 Timaru Wallace, RGP 248496 WWII 23Bn 23/11/03 Timaru Ward, A 15268 WWII NZMC, 6Fld Amb 19/10/03 Timaru Last Post April 2004 ANDERSON, L H 655874 WWII J Force 24/03/04 Timaru CAMPBELL, C A 18542 WWII HQ Support 06/02/04 Timaru COX, J P 625823 WWII Egypt 10/02/04 Temuka ELLEN, R H 19639 WWII 2NZEF, Ex POW 17/12/03 Waimate ENTWISTLE, R C 432336 Air Force, IP 12/03/04 Geraldine HAMLEY, C A 622595 Korea Div HQ 24/03/04 Timaru HARRISON, C J 443804 WWII RNZAF 22/11/03 Waimate MACDONNELL, S R WWII RNZAF 03/02/04 Timaru MCINRAITH, R M 80752 WWII 2NZEF, Div Cav. 08/03/04 Timaru
Last Post August 2004 Anstey, W I 2317 WWII Air Force 218 & 70Sqd 05/05/04 Timaru Calvert, A 1181026 WWII RAF 57RSU 06/06/04 Timaru Fougere, JR 446800 WWII 7Fld Coy 24/04/04 Timaru Hayes, KW 40685 WWII 27MG Bn 17/04/04 Timaru Henderson, HP 405640 WWII RNZAF 07/04/04 Timaru Patterson, MC 4211942 WWII RNZAF 04/06/04 Timaru Pringle JC 417487 WWII 21Bn 29/11/03 Fairlie Roddick, K 48106 WWII 4Fld Regt 31/05/04 Timaru Smith, RD 208642 Korea 3Coy W/shps 25/04/04 Waimate Talbot, A 2048105 WWII WAAF 03/06/04 Timaru White, SB 13577 WWII 19Arm Regt 26/04/04 Timaru Last Post November 2004 Anderson, JS 28029 WWII Army 3Div 37 Bn 10/09/04 Timaru Bell, FM 2061854 WWII WAAF 16/07/04 Timaru Cameron, AM 458785 WWII 2NZEF JForce Div Cav 16/7/4 Timaru Campbell, WH 62966 WWII 24Bn 12/08/04 Timaru Cawood, N 1093056 WWII Imp 20/08/04 Timaru Giles, JH 438681 WWII 26Bn 16/10/04 Timaru Haywood, NE 445458 WWII 2NZEF 4Arm Bgd 19/07/04 Woodbury Hickley, JAV WWII RN 15/08/04 Geraldine Philips, JA 3380 33407 WWII RNZN NZA 05/07/04 Timaru Rankin, AC 436840 WWII RNZAF 23/10/04 Timaru Renton, BR 66487 WWII 4Fld Eng 36 Surv Bty 11/9/4 Waimate Skelton, EJ 45237 WWII NZANS 28/09/04 Timaru Skelton, LA 2194528 34160 WWII RNZE 24/10/04 Timaru Spence, BAR 235276 WWII 23Bn 22/08/04 Timaru Thompson, AJ 10658 WWII RNZN FAA 30/08/04 Timaru Wakefield, GE 4214724 WWII RNZAF 02/08/04 Temuka Walke, PJ 207775 Korea RNZA 163Bn 08/07/04 Timaru
Last Post April 2005 Booth, B 926234 CMT RNZMC 11/02/05 Waimate Klever, J 15527075 WWII Dutch Army 04/12/04 Geraldine McCall, HB 207864 Korea ASC MP 10/01/05 Waimate McCreanor, FGC 969532 NZA 16/11/04 Timaru Shefford, LT 447518 WWII 2NZEF 17/03/05 Waimate
Last Post June 2005 Frandi, A 897049 CMT Army 29/09/04 Waimate
Last Post December 2005 Boyes, EC 627180 WWII 2NZEF 22/10/05 Waimate Cleverly, DA 72 WII 15 Reinf 10/09/05 Timaru Delvin, WM 50333 WWII 2NZEF 32Bn 02/02/05 Waimate Hopping, EEJ 617777 WWII 14LAA Regt. 02/11/05 Waimate Millar, WS 255493 WII 26Bn 17/09/05 Timaru Murdoch, JSW 15797 WWII 2NZEF 20Bn 16/11/05 Waimate O'Neil, JA 208181 Korea RNZASC 09/07/05 Timaru Williams, CRL 74456 WWII 4 Fld Regt. 28/08/05 Timaru
Last Post March 2006 Bevin, BS 10037 WWII 2NZEF 23 &26 Bn 07/03/06 Timaru Cox, A 63924 WWII 34Bn 28/11/05 Timaru Flynn, JJ 444548 29/01/06 Timaru Kinns, WG (Mrs) 820030 WWII WACC 13/01/06 Geraldine McMullan, LC 452829 WWII 2NZEF 19/11/05 Timaru
Last Post May 2006 Nelson, G.A.L. 664564 WW11 HS RNZAF 18/03/06 Geraldine
Last Post July 2006 Coulding, C.G. 45727 WWII 2NZEF, Div. Cav. 16/05/06 Geraldine Davis, C.G. 1944 WWII RNZN, 15/05/06 Waimate Fairbrother, R.E.440758 WWII 26Bn, Italy, Egypt 06/07/06 Timaru Hall, E.W. 8956 WWII Army 1Ech Div. Sup. 02/07/06 Pleasant Point Hamell, E.A. 620392 WWII NZA,26Bn 28/06/06 Timaru Kerse, W.M. 19843 WWII 2NZEF, 26Bn 07/07/06 Geraldine Little, J.A. 15564 WWII ASC, Sup. Coy, 23/06/06 Waimate McGimpsey, R. 240235 WWII 2NZEF 04/07/06 Waimate Middleton, S.D. 29076 WWII Japan, 2NZEF 01/06/06 Timaru Shears, D.L. 413540 WWII RNZAF 428 & 429 Sqd 08/06/06 Timaru Stamp, F.J. 13595 WWII Army 05/07/06 Timaru Wall, L.E. 16038 WWII Army, 20Bn 08/06/06 Timaru Ward, A. 15199 2NZEF 26Bn 16/05/06 Timaru Wilson, I.G. 3711 WWII RNZNVR 12/07/06 Timaru
Last Post December 2006 Aldridge J.O. 16727 WWII Div Cav. 09/11/06 Waimate Bowan M.J. 436939 02/08/06 Temuka Chapman D.C. 896364 24/10/06 Temuka Donaldson, J 47425 22/08/06 Timaru Hodge D.W. 4129 WWII Army 19 Inf Bn 07/11/06 Timaru Ineson A.E. 76426 WWII 37 Bn MG Coy 19/10/06 Geraldine Lapthorne H.J. 427285 WWII RNZAF 9SR Sqd IP 28/10/06 Geraldine Lochead G.L. 8282 WWII Army 20 Bn 29/10/06 Timaru Piddington G.W 1212627 Air Force 04/08/06 Timaru Raymond W.I. 437515 WWII Army 26 & 34 Bn 04/10/06 Timaru Wallace H.F. 50369 WWII 37 Bn 23/10/06 Waimate
Last Post June 2007 Agnew WD 898703 27/03/07 Timaru Bates FLP 82258 31/03/07 Timaru Bell D (Mrs) 2091085 25/12/06 Temuka Cole AJ 4014 RNZN 18/01/07 Timaru Hayward A 896389 10/12/06 Temuka Parrant AL 36884 11/12/06 Timaru Savage RE 441478 13/11/06 Timaru Stewart GL 453712 WWII RNZAMC 23/03/07 Timaru
Last Post December 2007 Barnes WF 446578 WWII 25 Bn 91/11/07 Timaru Catlow TB 37486 WWII 01/09/07 Timaru Dawson GP 8951 WWII RNZN 07/10/07 Timaru Midgley S 18517 WWII 26 Bn 27/10/07 Timaru McNamara G 454575 WWII 2NZEF 26/07/07 Waimate Smith BE 425947 WWII RNZAF 103 Squ 26/10/07 Timaru Wild SJ 618819 WWII J Force Dev Cav 22/10/07 Timaru Wilkinson JM 447458 WWII 20th Arm Regt 27/10/10 Timaru
Last Post July/August 2008 Burt HG 437170 WWII 04/04/08 Timaru Chambers GW 12891 WWII 12/03/08 Timaru Gazzard CE 208167 WWII 21/03/08 Timaru Hayman JB 415318 WWII 14/05/08 Timaru Timewell D 13321 WWII 23/01/08 Timaru Welsh 8356 WWII 20 Bn 18/05/08 Timaru Wood A 442643 WWII 08/04/08 Timaru Last Post February 2009 - no entries from South Canterbury Last Post March 2010 ORANGE RA 511574 WWII 2NZEF 23Bn 27/12/09 Geraldine Last Post June 2010 HIGHET JMH 5110 WWII 1Ech 19Bn 15/03/10 Geraldine MURPHY LJ 922110 CMT 14/04/10 Geraldine Last Post September 2010 ANDREWS DM 19560 WWII NZE 6Fld 18/04/10 Timaru BATCHELOR E 16827 WWII 2NZEF 23Bn 10/07/10 Waimate BRACEGIRDLE M 821693 WWII 2NZEF NZANC 20/07/10 Timaru BRADLEY GV 459897 WWII JForce 20Arm Regt 16/07/10 Timaru DALE AW 24900 WWII 2NZEF Ex POW 11/06/10 Geraldine DEVLIN CH (MRS) W215331 WWII ATS 30/11/09 Waimate EASON SE 76630 WWII 23Bn 10/01/10 Timaru FAIRBROTHER W 4970 WWII RNZN 22/06/10 Timaru FRUDE JL 712220 Malaya RNZN 19/03/10 Timaru GARRETT HG 291065 256262 WWII 21Bn 13/03/10 Waimate GREEN GPC 13564 Malaya RNZN 01/03/10 Timaru IRVING WJ 4211383 WWII RNZAF IP 03/04/10 Timaru MORSE JW 266514 WWII 23Bn ACoy 04/05/10 Timaru MOSS LJ 19100807 Malaya East Yorks Regt 11/04/10 Timaru NEAME WJ 626760 WWII JForce NZASC 02/08/10 Timaru PRICE NM 391741 WWII 2NZEF 21Bn 01/06/10 Timaru PRINGLE RJ 63788 WWII RNZA 26Bn 4Fld Regt 04/03/10 Waimate SIMPSON WH 456874 WWII JForce Div Cav 18/07/10 Timaru SMITH WM 61507 WWII 14LtAA 25/06/10 Waimate STIRLING JR 18490 WWII 30Bn IP 02/01/10 Timaru VEITCH JR 405897 WWII JForce NZAMC 26/05/10 Timaru
Last Post March 2011 BEAUMONT EC 3393 WWII RNZN 27/11/10 Timaru BURKE OB 45959 WWII RNZAF 28/08/10 Timaru GRAY C 618041 WWII 2NZEF JForce NZInf 30/12/10 Timaru HILL LA 425904 WWII RNZAF 21/09/10 Timaru HOWE FG 434840 WWII 2NZEF 27MGBn 24/10/10 Timaru JOY HF 439187 WWll RNZAF RAF 28/11/10 Geraldine LAKE C 434686 WWII 27MGBn 01/01/11 Temuka MCLEAN HJ 425847 WWII RNZAF IP 21/12/10 Timaru MCNEE C 422612 WWII RNZAF 20/08/10 Timaru O'CONNOR MLAT W302397 WWII RCAF 16/11/10 Timaru O'LEARY LR 443181 WWII 2NZEF 27MGBn 23/12/10 Timaru SMITH CR 13259 WWII 2NZEF NZAOC 26Bn 05/10/10 Timaru STILWELL MC 635899 JForce NZEME 02/10/10 Timaru
Last Post June 2011 BELL AH 18614 WWII 30Bn IP 21/04/11 Timaru BROWN JD 27517 WWII 2NZEF 17/02/11 Geraldine BROWN WHG 630359 JForce 27Bn 18/03/11 Timaru DAVIS SE 8927 WWII 2NZEF NZASC 23/04/11 Timaru GULLIVER R 38167 WWII RNZAF IP 03/09/10 Geraldine JONES WG 431287 WWII RNZAF 40Sqd IP 15/03/11 Timaru LONG PB 426186 WWII 2NZEF NZASC 06/02/11 Timaru LUDEMANN RM 407014 WWII 2NZEF 26Bn 18/05/11 Geraldine PAGE AM 15435 WWII 2NZEF 18 & 24Bn 03/05/11 Timaru PARRIS PR NZ5725 WWII RNZN 18/04/11 Timaru RAPSEY EH 445423 WWII RNZAF TF 2Canty 08/03/11 Temuka WARWOOD LR H935003 Vietnam Victor 6Coy 11/05/11 Timaru
Last Post November 2011 AITKEN IH 422982 WWII RNZAF 16Sqd 02/10/11 Timaru BOLDERSTON JAG 441743 WWII 2NZEF 21Bn 19/09/11 Geraldine BROMBY AR 621495 WWII 26Bn 25/06/11 Timaru CROSS C 432243 WWII RNZAF 25/08/11 Geraldine CROSS RP 821156 29/07/11 Geraldine DAVISON MB 432275 WWII RNZAF RAF IP 06/09/11 Timaru EDER AB NZ46658 WWII RNZAF 08/06/11 Timaru FITZGERALD JR 42802 WWII RNZAF IP 27/08/11 Timaru GARDNER J 421440 WWII RNZAF IP 01/07/11 Timaru MANNING KA 4311655 WWII RNZAF IP 22/08/11 Timaru MOORE AW 437975 WWII 23Bn 24/09/11 Timaru MORRISON HJ 16882 WWII NZASC 1Ammo Coy 25/07/11 Timaru MOYLE EJ 76356 WWII NZAMC 31/05/11 Timaru ORAM IN 445444 WWII 27MGBn DCoy 06/08/11 Timaru PATERSON JA 133652 12/08/11 Geraldine PEARSE RW 37617 WWII 27MGBn 09/07/11 Timaru REEVE BA NZ4213283 WWII RNZAF 75Sqd 17/07/11 Timaru TAYLOR MG 439977 WWII RNZAF IP 27/08/11 Timaru THOMPSON JE 405809 WWII RNZAF 22/06/11 Timaru TOOHEY AN 820990 WWII NZWAAC Med Div 13/07/11 Timaru
Last Post March 2012 GREENING JW B759231 RMZE Rhodesia 23/11/10 Timaru KING FM 441268 WWII RNZAF 10/01/12 Geraldine REIHANA JT 206979 Korea 10Coy 04/12/11 Temuka Summer 2012 ROE F R254943 WII RFA 09/09/12 Geraldine BENNIE, John Alexander (Jack); 444820, Trooper 18th Armoured Brigade: Timaru d. May 23, 2014 WOOD, Verdun (Dick), Pte 623199, 3rd Division, 27th Machine Gun Batt. Timaru d. June 27 2014 aged 90
They marched into battle. Now they march into history.
MORE REMARKABLE THAN A SOLDIER'S TALE
John Keast 5 December 2007 The Press (Christchurch)
Bruce died May 2008. He lived until he was 88, and he was a hardy bloke. He had a great sense of humour.
At 80, war pilot Bruce Hayman decided to write about his remarkable life. In his book, he tells of a doomed mission in the Italian campaign of December 1943, when his plane crashed on Mount Etna. Bruce Hayman's life has revolved around Tasman Downs, and he has worked long and hard to make it the green property it is today. Hayman, a spry 87 despite a catalogue of injuries, lives at the 500ha farm, deep in the Mackenzie. Hayman is still working, never mind the artificial leg. Son Ian, who runs the property, replays a favourite saying of his father: "Dad would always say, why pay someone to do something if you can do it yourself." Hayman made the gates at Tasman Downs, he built the sheds, he made the machinery, and he made the tools to make the machinery. When his parents took over Tasman Downs in 1920, it was only marginally economic. Bruce's father was told by his father to "go up there and look after the godforsaken place till we can get rid of the bloody thing." The Haymans are still at the farm at the lake end of Braemar Road, a good hike from Tekapo. In 1941, Bruce Hayman hopped on his motorcycle as a 21-year-old and rode to the military recruiting office in Timaru. He signed for the air force, training in New Zealand and Canada, with a view to piloting Spitfires, but ended up in Wellington Bombers. That, ultimately, led to him wrestling throttles over Mount Etna after he was given wrong wind information. "I had been flying on instruments for about 25 minutes and was at about 7000 feet when the light seemed a little brighter, I looked out to see if perhaps we were breaking through above the cloud, when to my horror I saw an ugly cluster of jagged snow-covered rocks flash past about 10 feet from the port engine nacelle." He rammed both throttles forward, but soon the props were shorn off on rock, and Hayman was left badly injured sitting in the Wellington, its nose gone, and sliding down the mountain. Two crew lay dead and when Hayman went to get out, his leg collapsed, bones exposed. His jaw was badly cut, a finger tip was all but off, and he could smell aviation fuel. "My hands and knees were semi-functional, so I crawled and scratched my way over the rocks and the rubble up across the area the crashing aircraft had cleared of ice and snow as it finally came to rest." Other crew went for help, leaving five remaining, one of whom died soon after. Hayman took to his damaged middle finger with a pocket knife. He wrapped the stump in a handkerchief and straightened his broken leg. And then he waited for three freezing days, fighting sleep -- and death -- by reciting poems. Help arrived in the form of Sicilian Mafiosa, who came to loot the plane. At one a point a gun was put to his head and he was later half-dragged down Mount Etna, and then put on a donkey. Eventually, the survivors were picked up by an RAF jeep. Hayman was shipped back to England, where he stayed in hospital for 18 months, fighting leg infections. Back in New Zealand, Hayman sought a rehab loan to help run the farm. He was told money did not go to farms beyond Burkes Pass. Hayman went into several ballots for down-country blocks and missed out on all of them. Tasman Downs beckoned again. Eventually, his leg began to ulcerate and it was removed. Hayman is no quitter. He demanded land when Lake Pukaki was raised in 1976, but ended up getting a small sum of money. Now, though his eyesight is failing, his memory is clear. Which is why, sitting at a table he fashioned from old poles, Hayman's hands once again grab the throttles as he tells of a life well lived. His book, The Nut That Changed My Life, will be launched at the Mount John homestead, Lake Tekapo, from 5pm on December 14. The title refers to the loose nut which brought about an emergency landing in North Africa.
TOUGH LIFE In his lifetime Bruce Hayman has: Been struck by lightning -- a paddock is named after the event. Had his leg broken by a ram. Lost his house to fire.
The Nut That Changed My Life by Bruce Hayman. Publisher J. Hayman, 2007. 272 pages Subjects:
Air pilots, Military - New Zealand
Mackenzie District (N.Z.)
World War, 1939-1945 - Mediterranean Region - Aerial operations, New Zealand
article July 2012
Ian Hayman, a fourth generation beef farmer who works Tasman Downs Station on the edges of Lake Pukaki, has more than farming in his blood � he, his father and his grandfather are all recognised �s�. The family tradition ofmaking things is evident all over the Hayman property, from decades old post drivers and grader blades, to homemade skis and a miniature steam-powered tractor built in 1914. The tradition began with Ian�s great grandfather who came to Tasman Downs in 1915; his daughter had tuberculosis and they had been advised to seek fresh, high country air. Ian�s grandfather took over in 1919 after being told to �look after the God forsaken place till it can be sold'. Ian�s father Bruce later took over the farm, and he led a colourful life. He was a World War II Wellington Bomber pilot, survivor of a crash into Mt Etna (and a subsequent leg amputation), author of his autobiography �The nut that Changed My life� and a good old fashioned farmer. Ian describes him as being the one with real talent; a designer and an engineer, and it was Bruce that taught Ian everything he knows. There are projects on the farm that are evident of generations of creative talent including a wind-uproof on the fertiliser shed so trucks can dump a load in directly (no shovelling) and gravity fed water pumps and wheels, but Ian has particular memories of inspirational things made by his grandfather and father. I still use some of dad's machinery on the farm today, and I have kept lots of things he made. Ian also has a deft hand at metal work, and each paddock on the property is not only named, it has a handmade sign made from old hay rake tines; there are nearly 140 of them scattered around the farm. Most significant is a sign that rests on the gate on the roadside of the property where it can be seen by passers-by � it reads �The nut that Changed My life�, the title of Bruce�s autobiography, and it is a fitting tribute to him; he sadly passed away in 2008. Bruce�s grave rests on a hill at Tasman Downs, and Ian made it�s surround using his metal work skills. Ian describes himself as a �caretaker� of the property, and he spends his time working the farm, and passing on his knowledge, as his father did to him, to his son, Archie � the fifth generation of innovative Hayman�s. �It�s just what I enjoy doing. And I�ll keep doing it for as long as I can. Ian Hayman�s father, Bruce, built water wheels on their property to pump water to the homestead.
Military Uniforms - NZ stamps
Lest We Forget -
Oral history projects, were increasingly
important as veterans from World War Two, the last conflict involving
civilian soldiers, became fewer and fewer. "We owe it to future generations of New Zealanders to preserve as much as
possible of the human evidence of wartime, war's triumphs and tragedies, the boredom and the excitement.
Letters, diaries, photographs, postcards, or even souvenirs, ration books, and paybooks contribute to the story of our country's wartime experiences.
It is not only the experiences of service men and women which are worth
remembering. Those in the Home Guard, war refugees, war brides, members of patriotic
organisations, people 'making do' at home - they too have stories which are
worth preserving," Helen Clark said 19 Feb. 2002.
Compulsory Military Training Act was passed into New Zealand law 3 August 1949. CMT lasted from 1950 until 1958. In 1962 a selective service where 20-year-old men were chosen by ballot was established and lasted until 1972.
Our flag bears the stars that blaze at night, And you who are shouting to change it, It doesnt mean we owe our allegiance,
In our southern sky of blue,
And that little old flag in the corner,
Thats part of our heritage, too.
Its for the English, the Scots and the Irish,
Who were sent to the ends of the earth,
The rogues and the schemers,
The doers and the dreamers,
Who gave New Zealand its birth.
You dont seem to understand,
Its the flag of our laws and our language,
Not the flag of a far away land.
There are lots of people who will tell you,
How when Europe was plunged into night,
That little old flag in the corner,
Was their symbol of freedom and light.
To a forgotten imperial dream,
Weve the stars to show where were going,
And the old flag to show where weve been.
Our flag bears the stars that blaze at night,
And you who are shouting to change it,
It doesnt mean we owe our allegiance,
The original 'The Old Flag' was written by Robin Northover, AUS 1986. The original poem has Australia instead of New Zealand and a couple of fewer lines. Posted here with Robin's permission.
The WOMEN'S WAR SERVICE AUXILIARY (WWSA) was controlled by the National Service Department and was formed to direct and co-ordinate the women power in the country. Lord Freyberg VC, who was commander of the New Zealand division in the Middle East, requested that the Government send New Zealand girls to work in the New Zealand Forces Clubs to boost the morale of soldiers. This request was approved, and in 1941 the first group of WWSA arrived in Tewfik on the Suez Canal, where they were met by Lady Freyberg who, prior to her being appointed as their leader, had been a supervisor at the New Zealand Forces Club in London and then at the Club in Cairo. She christened them 'Tuis' and it was under this name that the girls served in the forces in libraries, offices, canteens and visited hospitals in the Middle East, Italy and London. The 'Tuis' were demobilised in 1946.
NZSG -S. Cant. branch library -Timaru Museum
Newspaper publication of all New Zealand Navy, Army and Air Force personnel killed in World War II
A Record of the Men of the Geraldine RSA District who fell in the Wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 - researched and recorded by Noel A Horgan and J McGregor Simpson
South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project