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Raymond Thomas Shannon

Unknown photographer. (n.d.) [Ray Shannon graduation]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-PRX-DU402-2-S528-1.    Permission to reproduce this image should be sought from Auckland War Memorial Museum and the copyright holder where applicable.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Raymond Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Shannon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ray AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ424667 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 July 1917 AWMM NgaruawahiaWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 124 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr C.A. Shannon, 'Oaks Quick Lunch', Dixon Street, Wellington AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 2 June 1942 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Communication engineer AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr. Thomas Shannon, Ngaruawahia.

    Attended Hamilton High School and Wellington Technical College. Subsequently completed a Bachelor of Science at Victoria University College. Source: Military Personnel File, Royal New Zealand Air Force.

    His trade in the Air Force was Radio Mechanic.

    Ray Shannon started collecting butterflies while stationed in the Solomon Islands during the Second World War. In 2008 he gifted his collection of more than 13,000 specimens to Auckland Museum where it is used by entomologists (and border officials) for butterfly identification and classification. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2008 AWMM
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