Topic: World War II (and beyond)

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Stories, photographs and other memories from Tauranga residents about the Second World War and beyond.

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Portraits of Tauranga Soldiers

Memories shared - of the Second World War and onwards (inclues audio,  text and pictures):

  1. The soldiers from Oropi. A Memories a Plenty Competition Winner (2009) (WWII)
  2. Aitken, John (Jack) Walter (1925-2011) Navy (work in progress)
  3. Balzer, Aubrey (1921 - 2013). 28th Maori Battalion soldier (WWII) 
  4. Chapman, Bill (1925 - ). HMS King George V, Arctic convoys and the Bombing of London (WWII)
  5. Cox, Ernest Edward (1924 - 2012) . A tank driver/mechanic - D day (WWII)
  6. Curnow, Peter - Royal Air Force Station Laarbruch. Post war work in Germany´╗┐, (Cold War)
  7. Dixon, Charles William (1909-2002) (WWII)
  8. Francis, George - Royal Marine aboard the H.M.S Eagle (WWII)
  9. Gard'ner, John Rushton (Group Captain), (1918-2001).  An RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain (WWII)
  10. Geraghty, James William (1929-2013) Korean War 
  11. Graham, Edgar Allan (WWI & WWII). Chief Engine Room Artificer
  12. Harrison, Hugh (WWII) - dispatch rider
  13. Hume, Keith Hamilton (1912-1995) (WWII)
  14. Hume, Neil Hume (1907-1991) (WWII)
  15. Lowman, Ian (WWII) - Spitfire Pilot
  16. Murray, Don - a soldier in the Malayan War (1950s and 60s)
  17. MacMillan, Colin Edward (1899-1942) WWI and WWII 
  18. McCauley, John Glen (1912 - 1942) (WWII)
  19. McLeod, George  (1926-2012). A navy man who signed up at 15 (WWII)
  20. McTavish, Murdoch (1923-2011). An RAF Bomber pilot (75th-, NZ Squadron) (WWII)
  21. Peart, Alan Peart. Spitfire Fighter Pilot (WWII)
  22. Pratt, James William (1921-1998). SA Airforce in North Africa.
  23. Rendell, Alf - a  wartime photographer. (WWII). Largly about photographic equipment rather than the war.


How children remember wartime

 

The Memorial Park Cenotaph - read the names of local Tauranga soldiers remembered   

 

Letters written during the Second World War

  1. 1938 - 1948  30+ letters to New Zealand from Wartime Britain (McCauley Family)
      1. 1938 January 22          16.  1941 May 6                  31.  1944 July 2
      2. 1938 June 25               17.  1941 October 2            32.  1945 December 4
      3. 1938 October 19          18.  1941 November 27      33.  1948 August 4
      4. 1938 November 20      19.  1942 March 2
      5. 1939 January 4            20.  1942 March 5
      6. 1939 May 11                21.  1942 August 8
      7. 1939 June 8                 22.  1942 December 1
      8. 1939 July  5                 23.  1942 December 5
      9. 1939 August                24.  1942 December 14
      10. 1939 November 13      25.  1943 February 22
      11. 1940 January 8            26.  1943 March 15
      12. 1940 July 9                  27.  1943 May 6
      13. 1940 November 11      28.  1943 June 6
      14. 1940 November 28      29.  1943 September 6
      15. 1940 December 14      30.  1943 July 2
  2. 1939: A letter from Jock to his Mother explaining why he enlisted (1939).
  3. 1941 May: The last letter of Jock Hume.
  4. 1943 July and November. The C.O. for the 7th and 22nd Field Ambulance service in the Pacific writes home to Tauranga.
  5. 1945 October 31. Transcript of a WWII letter by Lance Corporal Neil Hume (1907-1991?) written October 31 1945.

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