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Douglas Owen Stanley

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Owen AWMM
  • Surname
    Stanley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ39944 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 July 1916 AWMM TirauWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 July 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Ground Training School, Weraroa AWMM
    • 2 EFTS, New Plymouth AWMM
    • No. 2 SFTS, Woodbourne AWMM
    • RAF, Uxbridge AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 October 1939 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William John and Annie Stanley, of Matamata

    Educated at Matamata District High School.

    His friend Robert Holder (NZ391356) was killed moments later in another accident during this training

    On Achilles Point, Auckland, overlooking the harbour is a seat which bears the inscription 'Presented to the Citizens of Auckland by Private J.E. (Ted) Scherer in memory of his friend, Sgt. Pilot Douglas O. Stanley of Matamata who lost his life in England 26 October 1940'.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 October 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Coleby GrangeEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Scopwick Church Burial Ground, Lincolnshire, England AWMM Row 2. Grave 33. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Memorial seat, Achilles Point, Auckland AWMM

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