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Coastwatchers in World War II

Coastwatching Headquarters on Nukufetau, Ellice Islands (now known as Tuvalu)

Coastwatching Headquarters on Nukufetau, Ellice Islands (now known as Tuvalu)

From D.O.W. Hall's Coastwatchers, part of The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939–1945Image has no known copyright restrictions.

During the Second World War, New Zealand ran a coastwatching scheme throughout the Pacific. These coastwatchers were often locals from the Pacific Islands or from the New Zealand Post and Telegraph Department. The Coastwatchers offered an important service to New Zealand throughout the war, however the majority were volunteers and never formally enlisted with the New Zealand Defence Force.

Created by the Royal New Zealand Navy, the coastwatching scheme began in 1929 to maintain a watch from the coasts of New Zealand. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the coastwatching scheme was further brought into action. By March 1940 there were sixty two stations, staffed by service personnel from all three of the services and civilians. Operational control was maintained by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

The list is a work in progress. Please contact the Online Cenotaph team if you are aware of a Coastwatcher not represented on this list.

Further Reading

  • Warren, Geraldine and Pine, Madison. Our Coastwatchers. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. First published: 21 April 2020.

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PhotoFamily nameFirst namesForceWarsService # 
225259AndersonN. I.CivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
173901BeatonDuncan RobertArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564030 
187101BrowneEricCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
173943BryantLeslie JosephArmyWorld War II, 1939-19456442 
173924BurnsRobert CrosbieArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564333 
C131838CarpenterGeorge EdwardNavyWorld War II, 1939-1945NZD2260, 2260 
173874CooperJohn TrevorArmyWorld War II, 1939-194563922 
136721CorinClifford ErnestArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564343 
186334CuthersTeariki WilliamArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187110CuthersWilliam KiriCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
225260DavisC. S.CivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C23444EllisRaymond ArthurArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564382 
187445EtekeEnuaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
212269EyersSylvia ElizabethArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187107FaheyJohn Desmond StewartCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
225258GoodmanRex O.CivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
166381HallAlfred RobertArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564411 
144691HartiganJames Martin AloysiusArmyWorld War II, 1939-194514665 
C25672HearnHenry Rexton CropperArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945297286 
C18992HeenanArthur ClarenceArmyWorld War II, 1939-19453/3/382, 148324 
187109HenryTongaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C25967HitchonRobert IrwinArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564882 
178218HopkinsMervyn HunterArmyWorld War II, 1939-194512799 
C26575HoweDallas HillmanArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564056 
C140218JonesJohn MesachArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945180724 
C27569JonesReginaldArmyWorld War II, 1939-194562285, 64485 
C28160KilpinClaude AndrewArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564057 
139552LoveAndrewArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564425 
187111MarstersIoapaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187446MarstersTiaruaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C29221McCarthyJohn JosephArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945436897, 406897 
C29488McKennaArthur ErnestArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945408026 
C29492McKenzieRoderick MurdochArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564022 
225249McQuinnMaxwell PatrickCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945126569 
188452McVicarRobert NeilCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945455960 
152924MenziesJohn MichaelArmyWorld War II, 1939-194536495 
125087MenziesMichaelArmyWorld War II, 1939-194563994 
140247MoirArthur WilliamArmyWorld War II, 1939-194574837 
125186MullerLewis Edward HaroldArmyWorld War II, 1939-194565006 
C30111MurrayThomas ColinArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945260451 
187112NiaruaRuaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C27443NicholJohn HughArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564062 
187408NicholasTaiCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C30512OwenCharles JamesArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564606 
187409PamatatauPamatatauCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187447PanapaPuCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C30579ParkerWilfred Athol RolfArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564005 
167631PatersonEdwin JamesArmyWorld War II, 1939-194567899 
C30494PearsallClifford ArnoldArmyWorld War II, 1939-194584237 
176884PittawayHerbert EdwardsArmyWorld War II, 1939-19451143 
141145RaynerClaude WilliamArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564911 
187410RingiaoTutuCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187407RobatiRubenaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187412SavageReginaldCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
148670SmartHenryArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945252391 
C26391SpeedyLeslie BruceArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564653 
187092TangaroaTangaroaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187413TariuJasperCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187434TataM.CivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C25975TaylorAllan LeicesterArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945297352 
187448TearikiPuriCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187415TemuNatoCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
C24368ThirdRonaldArmyWorld War II, 1939-194522152 
225251ThorburnPhillip BruceCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945254494 
187439TiroT.CivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187416TuperoTutereCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
88637TurbottEvan GrahamAir ForceWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187449TuteruTereCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187450Ua KeaMetuaCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
187417UngakoreTetauruCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945  
177201VaughanDonald LeslieArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945296063 
174043WalkerFrancis HenryArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564920 
225252WallaceSydney RichardCivilianWorld War II, 1939-1945424382 
177885WereBasilArmyWorld War II, 1939-194564694 
147948WilsonGordon StanleyArmyWorld War II, 1939-1945238961 
84170WithamTempleton NivenNavyWorld War II, 1939-1945NZ4029, 4029 

The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.