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Grahame Brooking

  • Service number
    WWII NZ10041 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Whizzie AWMM
    • Whizz AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Portrait of Stoker Grahame Brooking, c.Second World War. Image kindly provided by Bryan Brooking (February 2021).

Portrait of Stoker Grahame Brooking, c.Second World War. Image kindly provided by Bryan Brooking (Fe …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Grahame AWMM
  • Surname
    Brooking AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Whizzie AWMM
    • Whizz AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ10041 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Stoker Class 1 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • He was born in Auckland in 1920, probably at Sherwood Ave. Grey Lynn, Auckland. He attended several primary schools in Auckland, such as Grey Lynn, Richmond Rd., Kohimaramara and Glen Eden, and country schools at Warkworth and Taurikura (near Whangarei). He also attended Seddon Technical College for a couple of years.

    On finishing school he joined the N.Z. Railways as a Fireman on the locomotives. When W.W.2 started this became a reserved occupation, so he was not able to enlist in any of the Services until about 1943, when he enlisted in the RNZN as a Stoker and and eventually served in Corvettes in the South Pacific. One of these Corvettes was the RNZN "Kiwi".

    After Naval Services he rejoined the NZ Railways as an Engine Driver, where he stayed for several years. He the worked at the Kawa Kawa Hospital where he was in charge of the Boiler Room at the hospital. He also joined the Kawa Kawa fire brigade. He never married and there were on children. AWMM
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  • Death
    29 November 1964 AWMM
    Age 44 AWMM
    GraftonAuckland AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland AWMM Plot 78, Row 9, Service Persons Area K AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. AWMM


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