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Oswald Ignatius Greer

  • Service number
    • NZ5280 AWMM
    • WWII 5280 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Ossie AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Oswald Ignatius Greer portrait. - This image may be subject to copyright

Oswald Ignatius Greer portrait. - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Oswald Ignatius AWMM
  • Surname
    Greer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ossie AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ5280 AWMM
    • WWII 5280 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 August 1922 AWMM Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 July 1942 AWMM Tiritea, Fitzherbert West, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mary Greer (mother), Rural Mail Delivery, Fitzherbert West, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 19 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
    AucklandNew Zealand 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
      5 foot 5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      37 inches AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      Scar left knee AWMM
    • Tattoos, Unknown Period AWMM
      Left arm, snake wrapped around sword AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer of the tongue AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mary Greer (mother), Rural Mail Delivery, Fitzherbert West, Palmerston North named as next of kin in 1943

    Radar operator

    Family prominent cricket players in 1920's AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    18 April 1987 AWMM
    Age 64 AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Maunu Cemetery, Cemetery Road off State Highway 14, Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand AWMM Plot RSA Lot 1017 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • We shall never forget your service grandad we love you and miss you
    Public - Hayden bryan - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYT 8490 N1/426 (R21465792) AWMM
    Military Service Record AWMM


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25 April 2018Hayden bryanRichmondDirect descendant

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