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Trevor John Whaley

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Portrait, Trevor John Whaley - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Trevor John Whaley - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Trevor John AWMM
  • Surname
    Whaley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Wah Lee AWMM
  • Service number
    408126 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 May 1921 AWMM PonsonbyAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 August 1942 AWMM 13 Hector Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs F.M. Whaley (mother), 13 Hector Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 11 November 1942 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Pacific AWMM
    • Solomon Islands Campaign AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    408126 AWMM
  • Military service
    3 years Territorials -1938 AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Territorials, NZ Corps of Signals AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Aug 1942 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Clerical Cadet/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Margaret; father of Carol, Michael and Elizabeth

    Enlisted in Territorials at the age of 17 years, 4 months in 1938.

    Based in the Solomon Islands served in Treasury Island and Green Island.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1998. The battles for Guadalcanal in 1942 between the American and Japanese navies was the start of the most ferocious campaign in history. The Americans entered this campaign with inaccurate maps and some, including Major-General Alexander Vanegrift who was in command, not knowing where the Solomon Islands were. However they acquired skills which were to prove essential to later victories in the Pacific. It was a difficult campaign due to multiple factors such as the isolation, heat, dense jungle, lack of basic infra-structure and the great distances between base and supplies, and the front line. Though largely a US naval and military struggle, New Zealand's contribution was important. New Zealand was involved in the battle as it was imperative that the Japanese advance on the Pacific be stopped or they would have reached New Zealand. New Zealand's main contribution was in the form of the 3 NZ Division. The Forward Maintenance Centre (advanced base) was joined by the 14 Brigade on 27 August 1943, Divisional troops and units on 2 September and the 8 Brigade on 14 September 1943. New Zealand troops were involved in a number of battles was they moved up the Solomon's gaining control of islands as they went. The 14 Brigade and HQ 3 Division landed on Vella Lavella on 18 September 1943, and on Green (Nissan) Island on 15 February 1944, and the 8 Brigade landed on Mono Island on 27 October 1943. The capture of Mono Island would provide a radar site to cover the Bougainville landings and its harbour was ideal as a staging area for ships during the invasion. At no time did all of New Zealand 3 Division fight together due to the cross over of the battles. Other New Zealand troops were also involved, such as the NZ Engineers in road and airstrip construction (on the very underdeveloped islands, especially Guadalcanal), as well as support from the signals and medical corps and transport and air support. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    24 September 2005 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, September 2005 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 421 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, September 2005 AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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