Topic: Derek Stephen Hall (1920-1943)

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Tauranga window dresser Derek Stephen Hall became a Pilot Officer during World War II (1939-1945).

Derek Stephen Hall (1920-1943) Derek Stephen Hall was born on 5 November 1920. He attended Tauranga District High School.

He worked as a window dresser for a Tauranga Department store.

Derek trained at Levin Ground School and embarked for Alberta, Canada, on 20 October 1941.

On 8 June 1942 he was commissioned to the rank of Pilot Officer.

He was posted to No. 3 Squadron Observers School but became seriously ill and returned to New Zealand, where he passed away on 20 March 1943.

Derek is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).


Sources:

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).


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Derek Stephen Hall (1920-1943)


Year:1943
Note:Service Number: 414874
First Names:Derek Stephen
Last Name:Hall
Date of Birth:5 November 1920
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:20 March 1943
Place of burial:Cremated at Waikumete Crematorium
Occupation:Window Dresser
Fathers name:Gerald Hall
Mothers name:Dora Hall
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)