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Reginald Arthur De Grave

Portrait, taken of Bombardier R. A. De Grave while he was serving with the 20th Light Battery, New Zealand Territorial Force. It was taken in 'Dress Uniform' when Bombardier De Grave was aged about 18 years. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, taken of Bombardier R. A. De Grave while he was serving with the 20th Light Battery, New Z …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    De Grave AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Gravy De Grave AWMM
  • Service number
    2543 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 December 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 August 1939 AWMM 44 Wynyard Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L.R. De Grave (mother), 44 Wynyard Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • Sinai & Palestine AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2543 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials (3 years) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Encephalitus AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Knee injury (patella) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to hospital at Helwan Alexander and Auckland Military AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mr De Grave lists his occupation prior to embarkation as: labourer, storeman, odds 'n' ends

    Mr De Grave refused to accept his military medals

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2001 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • In the diary of Ernest George Boderick 7864, also a sapper, on 14th September he writes that he climbed a pyramid with 'Redge De-grave'.
    Public - Gerard - Researcher - 2 May 2021



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  • External links
    Births, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records online
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Mcleod, J. (1986). Myth and reality : the New Zealand soldier in World War II. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed Methuen. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 48 AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM
      De Grave, Reginald Arthur. War reminiscences: 'Tales of long ago'. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 99/67. AWMM


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02 May 2021GerardLevinResearcher

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