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David Hamilton Graham



  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Hamilton AWMM
  • Surname
    Graham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 2/323/14 AWMM
    • WWII C/JX247108 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 June 1919 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr John Graham (father), PO Box 23, Fielding, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


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
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • On the night of 29 January 1943, when HMNZS mine-sweepers 'Kiwi' and 'Moa' identified and attacked the Japanese submarine I-1, off the north west coast of Guadacanal. 'Kiwi' rammed it three times, and it ran aground and was destroyed - Letter of Commendation (United States).

    David Graham is quoted in the Auckland War Memorial Museum exhibition 'Our small ships' of the 'Scars on the Hear't exhibition, giving his description of the actions of Lieutenant-Commander Gordon Bridson, RNZNVR, commanding HMNZS 'Kiwi' in the preparation to ram the Japanese submarine I-1, '....he shouted down the voice pipe, "Stand by to ram." When the voice came back from the engine room, "What the hell do you do when you ram?", he replied, "I don't know, I've never done it before".'

    Associated items on display at the exhibit listed above are, a model of the Corvette mine-sweeper HMNZS 'Kiwi', the crests of the 'Kiwi' and 'Moa', a cap ribbon, HMNZS 'Kiwi', the sextant from the Japanese submarine I-1, and photographs of the 'Kiwi' at sea, the ship's company of HMNZS 'Kiwi' marching up Queen Street, Auckland, the remains of the Japanese submarine I-1 sunk off Guadalcanal, and the HMNZS 'Kiwi' at Devonport Dockyards for repairs. In addition, a Oerlikon cannon is on display, like the ones used on the 'Kiwi' and 'Moa', reputedly received from the United States Navy in exchange for two bottles of gin. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 May 2012 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
  • Date of death
    1/5/2012 Public - Allan - Researcher - 7 January 2019 - Manawatu District Council Cemetery records
  • Age at death
    92 Public - Allan - Researcher - 7 January 2019 - Manawatu District Council Cemetery records
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Feilding Cemetery Public - Allan - Researcher - 7 January 2019 - Manawatu District Council Cemetery records
  • Grave reference
    Block RSA Row 199 Plot 115 Public - Allan - Researcher - 7 January 2019 - Manawatu District Council Cemetery records
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07 January 2019AllanFeildingResearcher

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