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Alan William Tombs

This is my father's only brother, he was a year or so older than dad, they were both hunter gathers in their early years.
When I was a kid Alan was very frugal, .22 bullets were scarce, he would work his way around a brace of rabbits, line them up and drop both with one shot.
He had an early model Studebaker and the back was almost the same shape as the front, it was hard to tell if he was coming or going. :-)
He was very proud of his latest toy, a one piece tent with inflatable poles, this was back in about 1957. He and his wife Olive erected it on site at the Raglan camping grounds.
"Look how quickly this goes up" he said.
The next morning I went around to visit them early.... it had a puncture and the tent was at half mast, aaah haar.
He and Olive had a paid site they would gold pan on. Olive showed me several large nuggets they had found.
They have both passed on now, Olive went last year (2019) aged 100.
She never left me any gold! Or anything! Poor me. :-)
Fond memories.

Alan William Tombs

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  • Title
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    Alan William AWMM
  • Surname
    Tombs AWMM
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    WWII 580716 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 142 Queen St., Waimate AWMM
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    WW2 Mrs. O. Tombs, 164 Queen St., Waimate (w) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1943 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM


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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 580716 AWMM
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    WW2 1943 2NZEF Nom. Roll 11, p.129 Carpenter and joiner/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 11, p.129
    TimaruCanterbury 2NZEF Nom. Roll 11, p.129
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    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.129 AWMM


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