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Ronald Hermanns

Portrait of Ronald Hermanns, 437019 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by  Heather RIchardson 9999-7465. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Portrait of Ronald Hermanns, 437019 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Heather RIchardson 9999-7465. CC- …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald AWMM
  • Surname
    Hermanns AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 437019 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    25 September 1911 Public - John - Researcher - 1 September 2021 - RNZAF Funeral Notice
  • Place of birth
    Canada Public - John - Researcher - 1 September 2021 - RNZAF Funeral Notice
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Wellington Public - John - Researcher - 1 September 2021 - RNZAF Funeral Notice
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details

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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Death

About death

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  • Death
    30 August 2021 AWMM
    Age 109 AWMM
  • Date of death
    August 30th, 2021 Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 2 September 2021 - research
  • Age at death
    109 Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 2 September 2021 - research
  • Place of death
    Christchurch New Zealand Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 2 September 2021 - research
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    HERMANNS, Ronald (Ron):

    Ron died peacefully at his home on August 30, 2021. He was 109 and New Zealand's oldest person. He did not marry but leaves a niece, Joy Windelev, and a nephew, John Fickling. He was a gifted man. He had the rare combination of high intelligence and manual dexterity. He spent his life problem solving, thinking of new ways of doing things, and continued to do this until the last few days of his life. He served in the Pacific as an aircraft engineer in WW2, and created 'trench art' in his spare time. These items are on display at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand at Wigram. After the war he became a Senior Instructor at the Aircraft Engineering Workshops at Christchurch Airport, initially for NAC, and then for Air New Zealand. He retired in 1976. In recent years he has been able to live independently at home with the help of his friends. These were the late Joy Monteath for many years, and then her husband Mike Beard, Robbie Georgieff, Katherine Ryan, and Pauline Gibson. Over the last few months Judy Fanning and Lynn Williams have given Ron essential and expert support, assisted latterly by Nurse Maude. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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Contributors

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
02 September 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
01 September 2021JohnPerth WAResearcher

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