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Edmund Percival Hillary

Unknown, photographer. Hillary at Auckland Grammar School. New Zealand Herald. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira PH-NEG-H1837. Auckland Museum has yet to establish the copyright status of this image; restrictions may apply.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edmund Percival AWMM
  • Surname
    Hillary AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ed Hillary AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ44808 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Feb 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Bee keeper/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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 foot 1.5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Edmund Hillary was the son of Percival Augustus Hillary (12/1432) and Gertrude Hillary. He was one of three children and grew up on a farm at Tuakau near Auckland.

    Served 1944-45 in the Pacific AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    11 January 2008 AWMM
    Age 88 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, 14 January 2008 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Who's who in New Zealand (1951-1991). Wellington, N.Z. ; Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
    • Booth, P. (1993). Edmund Hillary: life of a legend. Auckland, N.Z.: Moa Beckett. AWMM
    • Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 14 January 2008 AWMM
    • Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008. Sir Edmund Hillary photographs. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-2010-4. AWMM
    • Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008. Personal papers. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2010-1. AWMM
    • Alpine Sports Club Inc. Records and papers, 1928 - 2004. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2007/45. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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