Topic: Samuel John Luke (1919-1941)

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Former Tauranga District High School student Samuel John Luke drowned in the Suez Canal.

Samuel John Luke (1919-1941)Samuel John Luke was born in Ireland on 17 May 1919. He attended Tauranga District High School and was also in the Cadets.

He enlisted on 4 June 1940 and trained at Ohakea. On receiving his air observers badge he was promoted to Sergeant in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

He embarked for the Middle East and was posted to 223 Squadron in Egypt as an air observer.

Samuel drowned in the Suez Canal on 17 August 1941. The cause of death was asphyxia, there was no sign of foul play or alcohol.

Samuel 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). He is also remembered on the Anzac War Memorial Cenotaph (Mount Maunganui).

Memorial Grove (Tauranga)

 

Sources:

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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Samuel John Luke (1919-1941)


Year:1941
Note:Service Number: 401438
First Names:Samuel John
Last Name:Luke
Date of Birth:17 May 1919
Country of birth:Ireland
Date of death:17 August 1941
Place of death:At sea, Mediterranean
Place of burial:Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Fathers name:William John Luke
Mothers name:Sarah Elizabeth Kathleen Luke
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)