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John Grocott


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  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Grocott AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 2352 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Clonbern Road, Remuera AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr C. H. Sharp, Cheshire, England AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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About death

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  • Death
    21 June 1976 Probate
    Age 76 AWMM
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  • John Grocott is my Great Uncle from Cheam Surrey who emigrated to New Zealand & came back to the UK to fight at the start of WW2. His rank was Flight Lieutenant Air Gunner in Avro Ansons. He was shot down over the the Norwegian Coast & captured by a German U boat a very unusual event. He went on a full tour of Ops to the Atlantic & returned to Germany where he was imprisoned in Stalag Luft 111 famous for the Great Escape where 47 RAF & Allied Officers were shot & Killed. Douglas Bader was also a prisoner there for a short while.
    John was granted early repatriation at the age of 44 & returned to the UK where he greatly assisted our Government Services with information about Nazi Germany.
    He then returned to Auckland New Zealand after the War.
    John came to stay with us in the UK in the 60s for a month.
    He subsequently passed away in 1976.
    A lovely brave man.
    Public - Geoffrey - Direct descendant - 17 December 2023



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  • External links
    'New Zealand Flyer has Story of Nazi Camp Horror' Auckland Star, 30 May 1944
    Further Reference
  • References
    New Zealand, World War II Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations, 1939–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM


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17 December 2023Geoffrey Greater ManchesterDirect descendant

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