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David Jeffreys

group, 2 soldiers and Bren Carrier, S/Sgt H. Leonard in the driver's position and S/Sgt D. Jeffreys standing in the Bren Carrier. Taken at Papakura Miltiary Camp, late 1941 or early 1942. - This image may be subject to copyright

group, 2 soldiers and Bren Carrier, S/Sgt H. Leonard in the driver's position and S/Sgt D. Jeffreys …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    David AWMM
  • Surname
    Jeffreys AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    136939 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 August 1919 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 7 June 1940 AWMM 27 Pollen Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.C. Jeffreys (wife), Allenby Road, Papatoetoe AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 May 1943 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Italy AWMM
    • Sangro River AWMM
    • Monte Cassino AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    136939 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials (5 years). 1 Auckland Battalion CRO AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Various Territorial training camps AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 7 June 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Motor engineer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Jaundice, Admitted to the English Base Hospital Rome. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Joined Territorial army 1935. HQ 1 Battalion, Countess of Ranfurly's Own. Rank of corporal. Attended various training camps.

    Called up for NCO training 7 June 1940 for 1 month. 1 Battalion had 3 months' training. Serial number 1/1/118

    Transferred to Base workshops Papakura Miltiary Camp. Promoted to Sergeant. Serial Number 5/4/473 (20 November 1940). Promted to Staff Sergeant (10 October 1941).

    24 June 1942 transferred to Whangarei to form advanced Base workshops when Papakura Camp was used for Americans. Serial number became 136939 (22 August 1940). Was senior NCO at Advanced Base Workshops.

    Called for overseas service 1943.

    Dropped rank to Corporal at Overseas Training Camp Trentham 15 March 1943.

    Promoted to Staff Sergeant Quartermaster for voyage 12 May 1943. Reverted to corporal at Maadi Reinforcement Training Camp [Egypt] 10 July 1943.

    Posted to 8 Field Company NZ Engineers as Platoon Corporal.

    Transferred to HQ Platoon as Corporal Mechanic at Cassino.

    9 May 1944 promoted to Temporary Lance Sergeant.

    19 July 1945 promoted to Sergeant as Company Transport Sergeant. Remained in that position and rank until returned to New Zealand.

    Service Within NZ 2 years 292 days; Beyond NZ 2 years 221 days; Total 5 years approximately.

    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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About death

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Jeffreys, David. Papers relating to war service, 1940 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2004/72. AWMM
    • 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
      p.66 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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