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Raymond Eaton Riddell


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Raymond Eaton AWMM
  • Surname
    Riddell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ray AWMM
  • Service number
    7064 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1918 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 3 Second Avenue, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr T.A. Riddell, 3 Second Avenue, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1941 Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    7064 AWMM
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Painter AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Riddell was a despatch rider for the 27th New Zealand (Machine Gun) Battlion during World War II.

    Greece and Crete

    In March 1941 New Zealand defended Greece as part of the 'N' force. In hindsight it was a hopeless military task, one which the New Zealanders and Australians had been reluctant to undertake. New Zealand was forced to withdraw and evacuate forces with heavy casualties. Of the 16,720 New Zealanders who served in Greece, 291 were killed, 599 wounded and 1614 taken prisoner.

    The Battle for Crete

    The New Zealand Division landed on Crete with what they stood up in. New Zealand was 7700 of the 35,000 strong British, Australian and Greece force commanded by Major-General Freyberg. New Zealand had the task of defending Maleme airfield at all costs-although they failed. Despite defeating every German attack, a New Zealand battalion commander lost his nerve and abandoned the airfield, allowing German gliders to land. The battle for Crete was lost. Crete cost a total of 3818 New Zealand casualties, including 671 dead.

    After Crete was captured by the Germans, the Cretan people showed great courage, risking their lives to feed and shelter our men and to help them escape. Nearly 300 New Zealand stragglers made it to Egypt. A strong bond still exists today between New Zealanders and Cretans.

    Riddle is quoted in the Auckland War Memorial Museum exhibition 'Greece and Crete' of 'Scars on the Heart', 'The villagers knew that, if caught feeding or helping us in any way, they would be shot and their homes burned, but it didn't seem to worry them.' AWMM
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About death

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  • RIP & thank you to my Great uncle "Bill" aka Raymond Eaton Riddell from Hailey Bird and my mother, your niece Moira Hirst.
    Public - Hailey Ellen - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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 152 AWMM
    • Riddell, Raymond Eaton, War experiences in Crete 1941. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library MS 1537. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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24 April 2020Hailey EllenTe Kuiti New ZealandDirect descendant

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