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Alexander Lachlan McPhail



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander Lachlan AWMM
  • Surname
    McPhail AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Alec AWMM
  • Service number
    45945 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 July 1918 AWMM BlenheimMarlborough AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 17 March 1941 AWMM 7 Virginia Road, Whanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A. McPhail (father), 7 Virginia Road, Whanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 December 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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 feet 4.5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Medical report 25 June 1945 (Egypt) recommended return to New Zealand of this officer as he had a long period of poor health AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alec McPhail was the son of Alexander McPhail and Alice Annie McPhail (nee McLachlan); husband of Betty who passed away on 25 May 2004

    Embarked as a Sergeant

    Gained B.A. in 1948 and M.A. in 1952

    Taught at Heretaunga College (Upper Hutt) and Hawera Technical High School.

    He was the foundation Principal of Spotswood College, New Plymouth in 1960.

    Retired in 1977 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    29 June 1991 AWMM
    Age 72 AWMM
    New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    New Plymouth Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 260 AWMM

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