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Connell Percy Thode

Portrait of Connell Percy Thode, n/a (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Rory Laubscher 1104-7346. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Portrait of Connell Percy Thode, n/a (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Rory Laubscher 1104-7346. CC-BY-N …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Connell Percy AWMM
  • Surname
    Thode AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Con Thode AWMM
    • Percy Connell Thode AWMM
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 March 1911 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs W.I. Thode (mother), 17 Bellevue Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland. AWMM
  • Relationship status


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
    • Navigator AWMM
    • Submariner/Military AWMM
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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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  • One of only three New Zealanders to command a submarine during the Second World War (Laurence Edward 'Larry' Herrick, Connell Percy Thode, and Herbert Patrick 'Percy' Westmacott).

    Attended Mount Albert Grammar School. Member of the East Coast Bays RSA.

    Temp. Sub Lieutenant, 30 August 1940

    Temp. Lieutenant, 11 March 1941

    Temp. Lt. Commander, 30 September 1945 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    9 October 2014 AWMM
    Age 103 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park, North Shore, Auckland AWMM Plot 29, Row A, Block J, RSA Ash Lawn Section 2, Northern Division AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 11-13 October 2014 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, N1/427 (R21465798) AWMM
    • UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. AWMM
      Navy List: 1946, April, Vol. II, p.1971 AWMM
    • 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
      Appointments in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Navy Office, Wellington, 23rd April, 1943. AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      The London Gazette. (26 June 1942). Supplement 35613, Page 2866. AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      The London Gazette. (29 December 1995). Supplement 54256, Page 34. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Evening Post, Volume CXL, Issue 130, 29 November 1945, Page 10 AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. 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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