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Thorne Merven May



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thorne Merven AWMM
  • Surname
    May AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    QX13707 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 June 1907 AWMM OnehungaAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 July 1940 AWMM 264 Cribb Parade, Cribb Island, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Alice may, 264 Cribb Parade, Cribb Island, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 February 1941 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 4 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Jul 1940 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    Boat proprietor/Civilian AWMM
    Australia AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Singapore, Southeast Asia AWMM
      14 February 1942 AWMM
      Captured in Singapore AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Burma Thai Railway Camps, Burma, Indonesia AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 5 September 1945 AWMM
  • 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
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      scar on right hip AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Beriberi, malaria, pellagra, leg ulcers, cholera, treated whilst a POW AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Lung cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Walter and Catherine (nee Webb) May

    His elder brother Kenneth Glenroy May (4/1820) served in WW1

    Husband of Alice Ruth Tranberg. Migrated to Australia in 1933

    Suffered greatly as a POW and on liberation had to spend 12 months in hospital recuperating

    Biographical account on file AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    15 December 1980 AWMM
    Age 73 AWMM
    BrisbaneQueensland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Pinnaroo Cemetery, Bridgeman Downs, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Courier Mail (Brisbane) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Australian War Memorial holds Japanese dog tag, identity bracelet and engraved box AWMM
    • Courier Mail (Brisbane) AWMM
      Death Notice: Courier Mail (Brisbane) AWMM

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