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James Edington Curry

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Edington AWMM
  • Surname
    Curry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ3402 AWMM
    • WWII 3402 AWMM
    • WWII NZD3402 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 August 1921 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 167 Surrey Street, Saint Clair, Dunedin, Otago AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Wilfred Curry, 169 Surrey Street, Saint Clair, Dunedin, Otago (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ3402 AWMM
    • WWII 3402 AWMM
    • WWII NZD3402 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • 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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  • James was one of eleven New Zealanders who spent 12 hours on a Carley float when their ship the HMS Hecla was hit by torpedoes. The Hecla was carrying supplies to Africa. "On November 11, 1942, six torpedoes sent the 12,000-ton Hecla to the bottom with 300-400 of its crew, just off Casablanca". They abandoned ship, scraping themselves on barnacles as they went into the sea. The water was warm but a heavy swell was running. Two more torpedoes hit the ship and they felt concussed, sick but hung onto the Carley float. They were eventually rescued by a destroyer and taken from Casablanca to Gilbraltar. American Forces provided clothing and food. His was the second time this group of New Zealanders saw such action. They ended up in Africa for 6 months before going to London on Survivors Leave. One man did not survive but the ten who did had reunions in NZ up until the early 1970s. James died in 1975.

    Embarked Hostilities Only. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    4 July 1975 AWMM
    Age 53 AWMM
    OamaruOtago AWMM
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  • Place of death
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • In memory of my father Jim Curry, who contributed to his family and community his whole life. In addition, he worked for the welfare of war veterans in Oamaru through the RSA. His involvement in sports from childhood evolved where he became a top NZ bowler and a umpire. Ultimately James was selected as an umpire in the 1974 Commonwealth Games. His war record was one of dedication and he put his mates before himself (refusing promotion because he would be seen as superior to them). He has been an inspiration to me my whole life from his intellect, his courage and his love. Jenny Curry
    Public - Jenny - Child - 25 April 2024
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Sources

Sources

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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
    https://collections.archives.govt.nz/en-NZ/web/arena/search#/entity/aims-archive/R21346617
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - Monthly list of personnel demobilised [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYT 8490 N1/426 (R21465794) AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. This list was not collated by McNabb but was sourced from the Royal New Zealand Navy. 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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