Topic: Graeme Wright Washer (1921-1944)

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Former Tauranga District High School head prefect Graeme Wright Washer died in 1944 after his tank was hit with an 18mm shell.

Graeme Wright Washer (1921-1944)Graeme Wright Washer was born on 9 July 1921. He was head prefect at Tauranga District High School. Graeme enlisted from New Plymouth Boy's High School in 1941.

He went to Egypt in 1943 with the New Zealand Army Corps as a trooper in Divisional Calvalry. He was attached to the 3rd Light Armoured Fighting Vehicles as a wirless operation in tanks.

During the Italian campaign in 1944 his tank was hit with an 18mm shell. On 4 August 1944 he died of the wounds received in this attack. 

Graeme 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:

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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Graeme Wright Washer (1921-1944)


Note:Service Number: 294470
First Names:Graeme Wright
Last Name:Washer
Date of Birth:9 July 1921
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:4 August 1944
Place of death:Italy
Place of burial:Bolsena War Cemetery, Italy
Fathers name:Cecil Frederic Washer
Fathers date of death:7 May 1966
Mothers name:Mary Wright
Mothers date of birth:5 May 1884
Mothers date of death:20 October 1956
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)