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Robert Lawrence Spurdle

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  • Service number
    NZ44230 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Peter AWMM
    • Spud AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW2 Royal New Zealand Air Force, 12 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
In snow at Volkel January 1945. Image from Lee Melles collection. Caption from Sortehaug, P. (1998). p. 207. left to right, back row: Keith Alexander Smith, William Arthur Kalka, William John Campbell, Andrew Ralph Evans, Neville Joseph Powell, Brian John O Connor, Owen David Eagleson, William Alan Liddell Trott, Loyd James Appleton, Raymond Jack Danzey. Front row; Sydney john Short, Colin James McDonald, Thomas Michael Fenton, Cornelius James Sheddan, Harold Longley, Keith Frederick Thiele, Arthur Ernest Umbers, Evan Mackie, Joseph Crafts, Robert Spurdle, John Edward Wood, Ross Alexander Melles, Alan Clive Inclis, William Lister Miller. - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Lawrence AWMM
  • Surname
    Spurdle AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Peter AWMM
    • Spud AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ44230 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    3 March 1918 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Warehouseman AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Engineering AWMM
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr & Mrs F.M. Spurdle (parents), Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 07 Jun 1940 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • 1940 Battle of Britain AWMM
    • Pacific AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ44230 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Royal Air Force, 74 Squadron AWMM
    • Royal Air Force, 91 Squadron AWMM
    • Royal Air Force, 116 Squadron AWMM
    • No. 2 Observers' Training School -(he started Camera Gun Assessing School) AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force, 16 Squadron AWMM
    • Royal Air Force, 130 Squadron AWMM
    • Royal Air Force, 80 Squadron AWMM
    • HQ 83 Group AWMM
    • 11th Armoured Division AWMM
    • Central Gunnery School AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Flying Cross and bar (DFC*) AWMM
    • 1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Rongotai -Ground Training AWMM
    • No. 1 EFTS, Taieri AWMM
    • No. 1 FTS, Wigram AWMM
    • RAF, Uxbridge AWMM
    • No. 7 OTU, Hawarden AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Jul 1939 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW2 21 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Rangatira AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 18 April 1946 AWMM
    To Reserve AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force, 12 Personnel Despatch & Reception Centre AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Shirley

    Educated at Wanganui Collegiate.

    Joined RNZAF Sep 1939, transferred RAF July 1940, transferred again back to RNZAF July 1945.

    Embarked as a Trainee Pilot, rank unknown

    Known as Peter by family. Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940 AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Age at death
  • Date of death
    1994 AWMM
  • Cause of death
  • Place of death
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Death notes
    New Zealand AWMM
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