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Arthur Henry White

  • Service number
    • WWII 6168 AWMM
    • WWII NZ6186 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    White AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 6168 AWMM
    • WWII NZ6186 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 June 1923 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Wainui, Kutarere AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Married/Post WWII AWMM
    Beverly May White AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farm hand/Civilian Ballot List
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served on board:

    Tamaki 11 Nov 1942 3 Feb 1943
    Philomel 4 Feb 1943 14 Apr 1943
    Phyllis 15 Apr 1943 10 Nov 1943
    Promoted to Able Seaman 11 Nov 1943
    Philomel 28 Feb 1944 15 Jun 1944
    Drake 16Jun 1944 12 Dec 1944
    Victory II (LST358) 13 Dec 1944 8 Oct 1945
    Drake 9 Jun 1945 12 Nov 1945
    Philomel 12 Nov 1945 26 Feb 1946

    From Arthur Henry White's daughter:
    "Dad had enlisted for the navy but in the meantime was called up by the army and did ambulance service training in Northland until such time as he was accepted by the navy.

    Dad did three month training on the HMS Tamaki training ship. He was then on the Philomel. From there he went to the Phyllis (T22) which was delivering supplies to Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island and to a light house off Coromandel. The Phyllis was a danlayer (did minesweeping) of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN He also spent time on the Drake .

    Dad was sent to England aboard the "Themistocles" which was loaded up in Melbourne and Freemantle and broke down in Durban, South Africa. He then changed ships to the “New Amsterdam” and eventually got to port at Gourock (next to Grennock), Scotland.

    He did a gunnery course at Plymouth. He finally got drafted and was “packed like a sardine” as he expressed it, on the cruiser "Berick" with other sailors and shipped across the Mediteranean to Bezerta in Tunisia. Here he picked up his new ship LST358 (Victory II), a landing tank carrier. The ship moved tanks around but also transported troops and vehicles around the Mediteranean.

    The ship was mainly based at Torranto in Italy but also visited Athens (Port of Pyreus) and went up to Salonika and on one ocassion Malta. They called at Italian ports of Bari and Brindisi. The ship had a refit in Castleamaine near Naples. They also went from Leghorn and over to Bastia in Corsica and then from Leghorn to Marseilles and Port de Buch and visited Ischia (an Island).

    When the ship was in port Dad had watch duty where he was armed with a revolver and guarded the off ramp. Eventually he got tired of doing this and got a transfer to quartermaster.

    He had helmsman duties steering the ship when at sea. The ship also moved troops around as well as tanks. One day the ship had problems when a Yugoslav driver got a vehicle stuck on the exit ramp and they were unable to get back to port at Bari, as they were supposed to - Bari was heavily bombed that night.

    Dad came home on the aircraft carrier HMS Athling." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 November 2007 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Pyes Pa Cemetery Tauranga New Zealand AWMM Block New RSA, Row 3, Plot 4 AWMM
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
    Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, N1/427 (R21465798) AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12 AWMM

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