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Kauru Swanson Forgie

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  • Service number
    2374 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW2 Supply Assistant AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 6: Royal New Zealand Navy - Joiners Fourth Class, Plumber Fourth Class, Painters Fourth Class, Writers, Supply Assistants, Cooks, Assistant Cooks, Leading Steward, Stewards (digital photo John Halpin 2011) - CC BY John Halpin
New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 6: Royal New Ze … Read more

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    Kauru Swanson AWMM
  • Surname
    Forgie AWMM
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    2374 AWMM
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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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    Navy AWMM
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    2374 AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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    WW2 Supply Assistant AWMM

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  • 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
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  • Age at death
    25 AWMM
  • Date of death
    19 December 1941 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Death notes
    At sea, HMS Neptune AWMM
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    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Meadowbank School World War 2 Memorial, Waiatarua Road, Remuera, Auckland AWMM
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    • Panel 6 AWMM
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