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Eric John Stevens

Eric Stevens, described as "a stoic New Zealand lifesaver" - NZ's flagbearer at Manly in 1938

Inter-Dominion Games, Sydney 1938

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric John AWMM
  • Surname
    Stevens AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 30940 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 2 Hauraki Rd., Takapuna AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. A.R. Stevens, c/o. Mrs. Ritchie, Beach Rd., Castor Bay, Milford, Auckland (w) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1941 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 30940 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1941 2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.335 Traffic inspector/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.335
    2NZEF Nom. Roll 4, p.335
  • 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Patrol-leader Eric Stevens, aged 14, was instrumental in saving two nurses from drowning at Taihape and received the Royal Human Society's medal and the Scouts Gilt Cross for Valour. This happened in 1928 and Eric dove into flood waters to rescue the two women. He went on to represent New Zealand at the Australasian Surf Life Saving Championships in Sydney, Australia and represented New Zealand in the Empire Games in swimming. Public - Jason - Direct descendant - 5 October 2022 - Newspaper clipping from 1928.
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember Eric John Stevens by laying a poppy.

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  • Eric was my maternal grandfather. He was Poppy to me. He passed away in 1996 in North Shore Hospital, just a few blocks from where he lived for 50 years. I was always incredibly proud of him, I just wish I was old enough to know how much it would have meant for him to hear this. Kia Kaha Pop!
    Public - Jason - Direct descendant - 10 September 2020



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.335 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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05 October 2022JasonSydney, AustraliaDirect descendant

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