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George Leyon Randall Aker

Portrai, in uniform taken in 1942, Cairo - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrai, in uniform taken in 1942, Cairo - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Leyon Randall AWMM
  • Surname
    Aker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Randall AWMM
  • Service number
    43440 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 January 1918 AWMM DouglasTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 16 April 1941 AWMM Paget Street, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Reverend C. Aker (father), Paget Street, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 June 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Sidi Rezegh, Western Desert AWMM
      1941 AWMM
      Captured near Sidi Rezegh, Libya AWMM
    • WW2
      Libya, North Africa AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
    Escaped whilst marching towards Tripoli AWMM
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      Upper denture AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Reading spectacles AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Dengue fever, admitted to 1 NZ CCS Syria and 1 NZ Convalescent Depot, Palestine AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Audrey

    Of Norwegian ancestry

    Mr Aker was captured near Sidi Rezegh and held prisoner for 1 week. While he was being marched to Tripoli they were shelled by Allied artillery and he managed to escape to Allied lines; he therefore was never officially a POW.

    Total service 4 years 269 days. Served overseas from 27 June 1941 to 18 September 1945. Served in New Zealand from 16 April 1941 to 26 June 1941 and 19 September 1945 to 20 December 1945.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 May 2012 AWMM
    Age 94 AWMM
    ManurewaManukau City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 8 May 2012 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 7 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 8 May 2012 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM

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