Kauru Swanson Forgie Unknown date of birth - Died 19 December 1941 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number2374 AWMM Also known as ForceNavy AWMM Last rankSupply Assistant AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 6: Royal New Ze … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesKauru Swanson AWMM SurnameForgie AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number2374 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Occupation before enlistment Post war occupation Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceNavy AWMM Service number2374 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation details Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankSupply Assistant AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Kauru Forgie was the son of Uriah Alexander and Juanita Ruby Forgie of Remuera, Auckland. He died when his ship, HMS Neptune, hit several mines in the sea off Tripoli and sank in December 1941.Neptune's Legacy by Nixie Taverner. HMS Neptune was launched at Portsmouth on 31 January 1933. She was one of five 'Leander' class light cruisers completed between 1933 and 1935. Two others were HMS Achilles and Leander serving in the RNZN. They displaced 7,200 tons, could make 32 knots and carried eight 6 inch guns and 550 crew. The Neptune was in the Mediterranean from 1 December 1941 as part of Force K which was searching for Axis shipping, especially those taking supplies to Rommel in North Africa. Early on the 19th the ships of Force K ran into a minefield.The Neptune hit three or four mines and sank with only one survivor. At the same time the Aurora was badly damaged and Penelope slightly.Trying to reach Neptune to assist, the destroyer Kandahar was mined and had to be scuttled the following day. On the same day in Alexandria harbour the Queen Elizabeth with Admiral Cunningham on board and the Valiant were both badly damaged and sank.The Mediterranean Fleet battle squadron ceased to exist. Of the total crew of 766 there was only one survivor.He was rescued off a raft five days later by an Italian destroyer and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death25 AWMM Date of death19 December 1941 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathMediterranean AWMM Death notesMediterranean AWMM Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial nameNew Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMMAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMMMeadowbank School World War 2 Memorial, Waiatarua Road, Remuera, Auckland AWMM Memorial referencePanel 6 AWMM Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Kauru Swanson Forgie by laying a poppy. Arthur Gordon Forgie Colin Campbell Forgie Kauru Swanson Forgie Leonard Campbell Forgie Malcolm Burns Forgie Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Kauru Swanson Forgie Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCowan, Erica. Meadowbank School WW II memorial: biographies. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-94-27.http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/record/am_library-catalogq40-4796Further Reference Documents Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.