Topic: Richard Leslie Sharplin (1916-1941)

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Tauranga man Richard Leslie Sharplin was killed in action in the Western Desert in 1941.

Richard Leslie Sharplin (1916-1941)Richard Leslie Sharplin was born on 5 February 1916. His birth notice reads:

SHARPLIN On February 5th at Nurse Chappell’s Southsea Private Hospital to Mr and Mrs J Sharplin, a son [Bay Of Plenty Times, 7 February 1916, p. 4].

He gained his 6th Standard Certificate at Tauranga District High School.

He worked for a time at a local sawmill before enlisting, becoming a Gunner with the New Zealand Artillery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment.

Richard was shipped to Egypt where he was killed in action in the Western Front on 27 November 1941 (reg. 1945/16241).

Richard 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:

Bay Of Plenty Times (7 February 1916, p. 4).

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

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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Richard Leslie Sharplin (1916-1941)


Year:1941
Note:Service Number: 29820
First Names:Richard Leslie
Last Name:Sharplin
Date of Birth:5 February 1916
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:27 November 1941
Place of death:Western Desert
Place of burial:Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt
Occupation:Sawmill Hand
Fathers name:John Sharplin
Mothers name:R N Sharplin
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)