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Colin Hay MacKay

Portrait, whilst in JayForce - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, whilst in JayForce - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin Hay AWMM
  • Surname
    MacKay AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    627365 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 April 1924 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 20 August 1942 AWMM 8 Goldsmith Road, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John MacKay (father), 10 Coronation Street, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 30 July 1946 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • British Commonwealth Occupational Force, Japan AWMM
    • Occupation of Japan Public - Rick - Child - 3 July 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    627365 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Insurance Clerk/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
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Stoke causing brain trauma AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Colin MacKay joined that army just after his 18th birthday. He missed sailing with the last Reinforcements to leave New Zealand because of his young age. As the War drew to an end Colin remained in the army with no signs of his demobilisation and he volunteered to serve in Japan with JayForce.

    He embarked as a temporary staff sergeant

    Colin served in Japan for 1 year 29 days, returning to New Zealand for a further 34 days service before being discharged. He spent a total of 3 years 137 days in the New Zealand Army.

    After the war he returned to insurance work with the NZ Insurance and worked extensively in India, East Africa, Asia and America.

    He married Judith, a West Australian, and together they raised twin boys.

    Colin died in Auckland, in December 2008 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    5 December 2008 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Always remembered old fella, you are/were a legend - Dave
    Public - Dave - Child - 24 April 2020
  • Dad, Today, Anzac Day 2015, I took Jojo to the Auckland Grammar Anzac service. She proudly wore your medals. I wish you'd met her. She is very interested in your service, and Grampy's service on Gallipoli. I'll keep the memory alive, and I am sure Jojo will too. Love Rick
    Public - Rick - Child - 25 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 82 AWMM


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24 April 2020DaveAucklandChild
03 July 2015RickAuckland, New ZealandChild
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