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Eric Campbell McVinnie

Able Seaman EC McVinnie


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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric Campbell AWMM
  • Surname
    McVinnie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Mac AWMM
    • Tammy AWMM
  • Service number
    A/1895 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 October 1919 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    03/10/1919 Public - Peter - Child - 25 April 2018 - Family papers
  • Place of birth
    Opua, Bay of Islands Public - Peter - Child - 25 April 2018 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Refrigeration Engineer/ Manager Public - Peter - Child - 25 April 2018 - Family papers
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs D. McVinnie (mother), 4 Staffa Street, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mr D. McVinnie (father) Public - Peter - Child - 25 April 2018 - Family papers
    • Mrs Minnie Octavia McVinnie ( mother, née Judd) Public - Peter - Child - 25 April 2018 - Family papers
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    A/1895 AWMM
  • Military service
    HMNZS Kiwi Record Book of Naval Personnel (R21346617)
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Jill; father of Lesley, Peter

    Letter of Commendation (United States), 1943.

    On the night of 29 January 1943, when HMNZS mine-sweepers 'Kiwi' and 'Moa' identified and attacked the Japanese submarine I-1, off the north west coast of Guadacanal. 'Kiwi' rammed it three times, and it ran aground and was destroyed.

    Auckland War Memorial Museum has items on display in "Our small ships": a model of the Corvette mine-sweeper HMNZS 'Kiwi', the crests of the 'Kiwi' and 'Moa', a cap ribbon, HMNZS 'Kiwi', the sextant from the Japanese submarine I-1, and photographs of the 'Kiwi' at sea, the ship's company of HMNZS 'Kiwi' marching up Queen Street, Auckland, the remains of the Japanese submarine I-1 sunk off Guadalcanal, the HMNZS 'Kiwi' at Devonport Dockyards for repairs; and an Oerlikon cannon. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 October 2009 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato 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, 2 November 2009 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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25 April 2018PeterWhitiangaChild

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