Ian James Bruce AWMM
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Address before enlistment
Pre 1 August 1941 AWMM High School, Fielding, New Zealand AWMM
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Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs M.H. Cook (mother), 71 Orua Street, Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 1 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM
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Army service involved 1 year and 251 days in New Zealand and 2 years 245 days beyond New Zealand.
Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999. The "Dominion Monarch" was launched on 27 July 1938 and was a Shaw Savill liner displacing 36,000 tonnes, the largest vessel regularly employed on the Britain-New Zealand run. She could accommodate 517 first-class passengers and large volumes of cargo. Four diesel engines gave her a maxium speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 19 knots.
Commissioned as a troop ship in August 1940, by 1945 she had travelled 560,000 kilometres and carried nearly 90,000 service personnel. She was being refitted at Singapore in 1941 when the Japanese invaded, and escaped capture only through efforts of her engineering staff. She was broken up in Japan in 1962.
(Taken from Scars in the Heart exhibition, Auckland War Memorial Museum) AWMM
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- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
WW2 11: WW2 8 AWMM
- Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
- 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
- 21 Battalion
(Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
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