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John Arthur Ross

Portrait of John Arthur Ross, CJX409843 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Andrea Chalmers 1124-2377. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Portrait of John Arthur Ross, CJX409843 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Andrea Chalmers 1124-2377. CC- …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Ross AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Johnny AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII CJX409843 AWMM
    • Korea 204621 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 May 1925 AWMM GuernseyChannel Islands AWMM
    Guernsey, Channel Islands, England AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 9 December 1952 AWMM 166 Sandringham Road, Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 H.E. Ross (father), Rouge Rue, Brixham, Guernsey, Channel Islands, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 March 1953 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Basic and Signal training, Papakura AWMM
    • Prince of Wales Sea School - 15 February 1940 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, Unknown Period AWMM
    Hepatitis and Dermatitis, treated at 121 Evacuation Hospital and the British Commonwealth Military Hospital, Kure. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Member of the Swanson RSA.

    John Ross first joined the Merchant Navy at 15 during WW2, and later on transferred to the Royal Navy. He was discharged in 1946, and made his way to New Zealand where he worked as a carpenter. In 1952 he enlisted in the NZ Navy and served in Korea until 1954.

    John volunteered at Auckland War Memorial Museum since the opening of the Armoury Information Centre in 1996. During that time he undertook research using a variety of dispersed sources (specifically on ships, ship losses and military medals) which has led to the enrichment of Online Cenotaph records and provided the foundation of new digital resources.

    His work has meant that hard-to-find and dispersed information is freely available online to any researcher, anywhere, and at any time. He also undertook a worldwide trawl of useful stories and anecdotes about animals at war for use by the Museum’s educators in their teaching programmes.

    John delivered talks and conducted groups of dignitaries and other visitors on tours relating to the merchant navy, animals at war, and the arctic convoys.

    John was member of the Swanson RSA for over 20 years, and was a welfare officer for this organisation for many years. He provided an inquiry service for the Swanson RSA, and frequently acted in a liaison role between Museum curators and veterans or others in the community wishing to donate items to the Museum. He showed great initiative in developing programmes such as a local RSA based service where he delivers meals to around 30 elderly veterans each week, particularly where these are people too proud to access normal Meals on Wheels.

    Recipient of the Auckland Museum Medal in 2016. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    5 February 2021 AWMM
    SwansonWaitakere City 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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  • I would like to acknowledge you Johnny on behalf of Online Cenotaph and the former Armoury Information Centre at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Thank you for the significant contribution you made to our work and to the wider community. We will miss you.
    Public - Victoria - Friend - 11 February 2021



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  • External links
  • References
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Nominal rolls embarkation K-force [Korea Nominal Roll], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1433 (R22440250) AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Atkinson, N. (2005). Hell or high water : New Zealand merchant seafarers remember the war. HarperCollins in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM


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11 February 2021VictoriaAucklandFriend
18 February 2015Online CenotaphAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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