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Arthur Sydney Jarvis

Photograph of Arthur Sidney Jarvis (Syd) on his 80th Birthday. Image kindly provided by grandson Aaron Jarvis (February 2020). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Arthur Sidney Jarvis (Syd) on his 80th Birthday. Image kindly provided by grandson Aar …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Sydney AWMM
  • Surname
    Jarvis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Syd Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - Family knowledge
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ444418 AWMM
    • WWII 444418 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - War service record.
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - War service record.

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 March 1926 AWMM TaihapeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Waitemata Breweries, Otahuhu Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Maurice Jarvis, Father, C/O Waitemata Breweries Otahuhu Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ444418 AWMM
    • WWII 444418 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    AC2 - Aircraftman Second Class promoted to AC1 Aircraftman First Class in June 1945 Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - Military Service Records

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    The War Medal 1939 – 1945
    NZ War Service Medal Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - Military Service Record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Internal Combustion Trade Qualified Mechanic Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - Military Personnel File
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Mechanic/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 30 August 1944 AWMM Fitter & turner/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Apprentice Fitter and Turner with Reid Rubber Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - Military Personnel File
  • Age on enlistment
    18 Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 11 September 2023 - Military Personnel File

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
    • WW2 28 December 1945 AWMM Aircraft mechanic/Civilian AWMM
    • AC1 Aircraftman First Class Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 12 September 2023 - Military Personnel File

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • 1942 - Otahuhu Technical College - Night school student at Otahuhu Technical College - Steam and Diesel Engineering

      1942 - Fitter and Turner Apprentice - Reidrubber, Ellerslie, Auckland

      1944 - Harewood, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand - RNZAF - Aircraftman AC2 - Trainee

      1945 - Espiritu Santo, Sanma, Vanuatu, RNZAF AC1 - Aircraftman - Mechanic Internal Combustion Qualified

      1946 Until 1984? - Mount Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand - Fitter and Turner - BALM Dulux Paints, Mt Wellington AWMM
    • Syd applied to join the RNZAF on the 30th of August 1944 where he also needed his father’s permission to join (because of age). This seems to have reluctantly been given and this occurred on the 12th of March 1944 (6 days post his 18th Birthday). He expressed an interest in serving as a “Marine Engineer”, “Fitter of Armoury” “Flight Rigger”, “Flight Mechanic”.

      It’s also noted that he was called up for National Service in June 1944 in the New Zealand Gazette, Wellington, June 28, 1944. So, although he volunteered, he would have been called up anyway had he not put an application in for the RNZAF sometime after his 18th Birthday in March 1944 with probably less choice about direction and service opportunity.

      He was mustered as an AC2 (Aircraftman Second Class) which is a training rank which no longer exists and was initially based at Ardmore in October 1944 before being moved Harewood for basic training / screening and then to RNZAF Station Nelson TTS (Technical Training School) in November 1944. On the 8th of June 1945 he completed his final exams as a “Mechanic” and was trade qualified from this point as Mechanic Internal Combustion and promoted from AC2 to AC1 (Aircraftman First Class) which is still a training rank.

      By late June 1945 he was assigned to No 5 Squadron RNZAF and was flown to the forward base on the Island of Espiritu Santo which was at that time part of New Hebrides and now Vanuatu. No 5 Sqn operated from a Seaplane Base in the Segond Channel just east of Renee River utilising the relatively new Consolidated PBY Catalina (flying boat – it’s a beautiful plane) which performed patrols of friendly and hostile shipping, spotting submarine activity and search and rescue operations at this point of the war.

      As an AC1 Syd’s service was likely to have been apprentice in nature and given this was the closing phase of the war No 5 Sqn was shortly to be withdrawn to Fiji and then home to New Zealand to be de mobilised.

      Syd had a firsthand account of the US disposal of hardware at “Million Dollar” point which is a few kilometres east of the seaplane base where literally millions of dollars of working and sometimes unused hardware was pushed into the sea rather than being returned to the homeland (USA) and flooding the local market and economy. Some 70 years later it remains as a tourist attraction for divers. The first nuclear bomb was dropped in August 1945 ending the war in the Pacific and the Second World War generally.

      He was noted to have been of Very Good Character, a good Swimmer and a very good Shot on the rifle range. He was transferred home in December 1945 having completed 396 days of service with 126 of these in the Pacific. In reviewing his records, it looks like there was some speed to complete his training and qualifications and moving him through an overseas forward base experience before demobilisation, Syd once commented that he received a great education and trip up to the islands riding loose on top of cargo in a DC3.

      He was placed on Reserve C and demobilised on 28th of December 1945 ending his Airforce Career. He received The War Medal 1939 – 1945 and the NZ War Service Medal however he was not eligible for the 1939 – 1945 Star or the Pacific Star because he was not in an active war zone and did not have sufficient time overseas before the conflict ended. Public - Aaron - Direct descendant - 13 September 2023 - Military personal file / other research
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About death

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  • Death
    15 July 2011 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald, 18 July 2011: JARVIS, Arthur Sydney (Syd). Syd passed away peacefully on Friday 15 July at Lansdowne Hospital after a long illness. Much loved father and father-in-law of Max and Kathy, Des, Raewyn and Cees (deceased) Murray and Liza, Maurice, Lynne and Hugh. Loved Grandad of Caroline, Aaron, Rochelle, NIck, Blair, Logan, Laura and Kasey. Great-grandad of Saxton, Nova and Liam. At peace with Mum and his beloved dog Katie. AWMM
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    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
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    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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17 February 2024AaronAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant

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