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Neill Aylmer Rattray

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Portrait of Major Neill Aylmer Rattray, Auckland Weekly News, 11 June 1941. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19410611-30-25. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Major Neill Aylmer Rattray, Auckland Weekly News, 11 June 1941. Auckland Libraries Herit …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Neill Aylmer AWMM
  • Surname
    Rattray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 11143 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 November 1896 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Waimate AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. Ella Rattray, Waimate (wife) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
      London Gazette 14/11/1946 "Maj. Rattray was captured in Greece on 26 April 1941 and subsequently imprisoned in various camps in Germany. Whilst at Oflag VIB he was in charge of all escape activities and when transferred to Oflag IX continued these activites for over two years. The Senior British Officer states that the help Maj. Rattray gave to the camp intelligence organisation, espeically on the security side, was invaluable. He has been highly commended for this work by Maj-Gen. Fortune and four senior officers." Beattie and Pomeroy, p. 253 AWMM
    • Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (France) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Greece, Europe List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Oflag IX-A/H, Spangenberg Castle, Hesse, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Charles William Rattray, Prefect; XV (First Fifteen), Aide De Camp Governor-General of New Zealand. Attended Christ College Grammar School List AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 June 1964 AWMM
    Age 68 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    'Distinguished Service' Otago Daily Times, 16 November 1946
    https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ODT19461116.2.83
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.393 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM

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