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Ernest Henry D'Ath-Weston

Headstone, Ernest D'Ath-Weston, Hillsborough Cemetery (photo provided by Sarndra Lees 2010) - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Ernest D'Ath-Weston, Hillsborough Cemetery (photo provided by Sarndra Lees 2010) - This i …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    D'Ath-Weston AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Barney AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ403432 AWMM
    • WWII 403432 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 July 1913 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs M.A. D'Ath-Weston (mother) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 March 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    France & Germany AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ403432 AWMM
    • WWII 403432 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Levin (Ground training) AWMM
    • Bell Block Flying EFTS AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 5 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    School teacher/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      28 July 1942 AWMM
      Attacking U Boat base, Elbe River, Hamburg AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Dulag Luft, Oberursel, Germany AWMM
      1 August 1942 AWMM
    • WW2
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Germany AWMM
      Sep 1942-Nov 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Schubin Poland, Poland AWMM
      Nov 1942-Apr 1943 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft II, Łódź, Poland AWMM
      Apr 1943-Jan 1945 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag III-A, Luckenwalde, Germany AWMM
      Apr 1945-Jun 1945 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 June 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    569 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Left knee injured when crashed into the sea off the Friesian Islands AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to Hospital on Nordenay Island, Germany and Mercy Hospital Auckland New Zealand AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Effie; father of Cheryl, Murray, Kevin

    On embarkation Mr D'Ath-Weston was destined for Canada for training but then continued on to Britain.

    Member of the 'Goldfish Club'. Flight Lieutenant Ernest Henry D'Ath-West, was serving as a Navigator for the 115 Squadron, on a Wellington III KOB. During a bombing attack on Hamburg, on the 26-27th July 1942, at approximately 3.55am, damage from fighter flak, caused the plane to ditch into the North Sea, 90 miles off the German coast. All five members of the crew spent 38 hours in the dinghy before being picked up by a German Sea plane. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 October 2006 AWMM
    Age 93 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hillsborough Cemetery, Hillsborough Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area 10 Block E Lot No 140 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 4 October 2006 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    Cemetery Records. Auckland, Hillsborough, Onetangi, Waiheke, Otahuhu Public, Waikaraka and others.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • McGill, D. (1987). P.O.W. : the untold stories of New Zealanders as prisoners of war. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: Mills Publications. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 4 October 2006 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Goldfish Club, New Zealand Branch. The Goldfish Club: Roll of Honour 1954 - 2003. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2004/32. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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