Topic: Donald Duncan Bain (1909-1943)

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Corporal Donald Duncan Bain was aged 34 when he was killed in action during World War II in Italy on 15 December 1943. He is remembered on the Anzac War Memorial Cenotaph at Mount Maunganui.

Donald Duncan Bain was born in Mosgiel, Dunedin on 20 June 1909 (reg. 1922/11075). His parents were Duncan and of Margaret Bain (nee Matheson) who married in Dunedin on 15 February 1922.

Donald worked as a leather presser. He married Isabella Waldie Whitson in 1940 (folio: 1940/13408).

Donald served with the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War II, rising to the rank of Corporal with the 23 Infantry Battalion.

He was aged 34 when he was killed in action in Italy on 15 December 1943 (reg. 1945/52851).

Donald Duncan Bain (1909-1943)

Donald is remembered on the Anzac War Memorial Cenotaph at Mount Maunganui. It is not yet known what Donald's connection to Tauranga is, but it may be through his mother. Another possibility is through a well known Mount Maunganui local called David Bain. He was a shop owner and Mount town clerk for many years. There are people still alive who remember him well. Perhaps Duncan Bain was the nephew of David Bain.

Anzac War Memorial Cenotaph (Mount Maunganui)

 

Sources:

Ancestry.com.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Record.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

New Zealand War Graves Project.

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Donald Duncan Bain (1909-1943)


Year:1943
Note:Service Number: 16838
First Names:Donald Duncan
Last Name:Bain
Date of Birth:20 June 1909
Place of Birth:Mosgiel, Dunedin
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:15 December 1943
Place of death:Abruzzo, Italy
Place of burial:Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy
Spouses name:Isabella Waldie Whitson
Spouses date of birth:c1902
Spouses place of birth:Scotland
Spouses date of death:27 August 1988
Spouses place of death:New Zealand
Spouses place of burial:East Taieri, Otago, New Zealand
Date of marriage:1940
Place of marriage:New Zealand
Fathers name:Duncan Bain
Fathers date of birth:21 April 1878
Fathers place of birth:Dunedin, New Zealand
Fathers date of death:15 August 1956
Fathers place of death:Dunedin, New Zealand
Mothers name:Margaret Jessie Matheson
Mothers date of birth:22 January 1886
Mothers place of birth:Brookdale, Canterbury, New Zealand
Mothers date of death:30 January 1967
Mothers place of death:Dunedin, New Zealand
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)