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Gordon Holroyd

Portrait of Leading Aircraftman Gordon Holroyd NZ416720. Image kindly provided by L. & P. Holroyd (April 2017). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Leading Aircraftman Gordon Holroyd NZ416720. Image kindly provided by L. & P. Holroyd (A …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Holroyd AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII NZ416720 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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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
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Motor Mechanic/Military Family source
  • 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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

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  • First embarkation in May 1944 was by Lockheed Hudson to Santos then Martin PBM Mariner to Honolulu. Second embarkation in December 1944 was by Douglas C47 to Fiji. Public source.

    Gordon was the youngest of six children (four boys and two girls) to Thomas Henry and Margaret Augusta Holroyd. He had an interest in mechanics and worked out his apprenticeship prior to joining the R.N.Z.A.F. in 1941 and served as a L.A.C. Fitter. After the war ended he continued working as a mechanic and later became a part owner of a garage and service station at Mangere Crossing, Otahuhu in Auckland. He met Valerie Edye, his future wife, while she studied to be a nurse at the close by Middlemore Hospital. Gordon and Valerie married in November 1955 in Bardon, Brisbane, Australia - Valerie's birthplace and the location of her family's home. They bought a property and built a house in Papatoetoe, Auckland. They had a family of theree sons (Raymond, Peter and Bruce). Both Gordon and Valerie lived at the same address in Papatoetoe until they passed away. Family source. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 April 1996 Family source
    Age 76 AWMM
    PapatoetoeManukau Family source
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Returned Servicemen section, Manukau Memorial Gardens AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 8 April 1996. 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
      7 May 1941 AWMM
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
01 April 2018Megan Kaukapakapa, AucklandResearcher
22 April 2017PeterManukauChild

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