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Arthur Espie Porritt

Headstone, Karori Cemetery, includes memorial to his son Arthur Porritt (Lord Porritt GCMG GCVO CBE) Governor General 1967-72 (photo P Baker) - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Espie AWMM
  • Surname
    Porritt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    125494 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 August 1900 AWMM WanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • World War 2/wars AWMM
      France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
      Created during migration for ww2 records that were listed as western front and need to be corrected AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    125494 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Medical practitioner 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Arthur Porritt was the son of Elizabeth (nee MacKenzie) and Ernest Edward Porritt (WW1 3/2251)

    Husband of Mary Frances Wynne Bond (m 1926) and Kathleen Mary Peck (m 1946)

    K.C.M.G. 1950

    K.C.V.O. 1957

    Life peer, Baron Porritt of Wanganui and Hampstead 1973

    First New Zealand born Governor General, serving as the 11th from 1967 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1 January 1994 AWMM
    Age 93 AWMM
    LondonEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Family grave memorial, Karori Cemetery, Wellington. AWMM

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  • My uncle's war diary contains a reference to Sir Arthur Please contact me for details
    Public - Michael - Self - 6 February 2015



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