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Derek Godsalve Shouler



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Derek Godsalve AWMM
  • Surname
    Shouler AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ439251 AWMM
    • 642243 AWMM
    • 205125 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 April 1925 AWMM BeckenhamKent AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 25 May 1943 AWMM 27 Pownall Street, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs N.E. Shouler (mother), 27 Pownall Street, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 3 January 1945 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Cara

    WO Shouler enlisted with New Zealand Forces on three separate occasions. He first served with the Royal NZ Air Force, participating in anti-submarine patrols around NZ and the Pacific Islands. He also participated in strikes against Japanese positions in New Ireland, New Britain, and vicinity.

    In May 1945, WO Shouler's squadron was disbanded at Whenuapai, NZ, and he and a few others decided to re-enlist in the NZ Army. They negotiated a transfer to the rank of Bombardier and began training on 25-pound guns with the 16th Reinforcements, but their training was cut short when the Japanese surrendered. WO Shouler was not discharged, but rather was sent to work as a prison guard at the Central Military Detention Barracks, Trentham.

    In February 1946 WO Shouler left the service to attend university.

    WO Shouler rejoined the NZ Army in 1948/49 as part of the government's Compulsory Military Training (CMT) Scheme. He participated in the training of local Territorial units in Wellington until 1960. NB. The CMT Scheme was for 18 year-olds, and it involved the initial full-time training, followed by a part-time posting to a Territorial unit for further training. Most of the officers (both commissioned and non-commissioned) responsible for training the young men were recruited from ex-service personnel.

    In addition to his post-war military work, WO Shouler also worked for Social Security, the Public Service Commission, Education Department, UNESCO, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington Employers' Association, and the NZ Immigration Office in London. He also worked as an industrial relations consultant.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2005 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 November 2012 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 1 December 2012

    Dominion Post, 1 December 2012 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Dominion Post AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 1 December 2012 AWMM
    • Dominion Post AWMM
      Dominion Post, 1 December 2012 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM

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