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Kenneth Roy McAllum

Portrait, 1940-1943 (kindly provided by his son) - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Roy AWMM
  • Surname
    McAllum AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Mac AWMM
    • Ken AWMM
  • Service number
    28920 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 April 1910 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
    Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 27 June 1940 AWMM 27 Graham Street, Hamilton East, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Jean Grace McAllum (wife), 22 Ulster Street, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 7 April 1941 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    28920 AWMM
  • Military service
    Waikato Regiment 6 years AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 27 June 1940 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Omnibus Driver AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato 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
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart attack and stroke AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Jean Grace and father of a son. He later remarried and had 2 more sons and a daughter

    Before the war Ken was heavily involved with the Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band and led them to three national championship tiles. As the Drum Major they toured New Zealand extensively. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage.

    He was also a very keen rugby and hockey player, representing Waikato in hockey.

    Entered Camp on 3 October 1940

    Returned to New Zealand in 1943 bringing many photographs and stories of his time in the Middle east serving his country, and of the many friends he made and lost during that time.

    Discharged later in 1943 on medical grounds as he had broken his back in the Middle east.

    For a brief time after the war he operated his own private tour business escorting overseas tourists around New Zealand in his new Chevrolet Stylemaster sedan.

    In 1954 he remarried and returned to his trade as a printer.

    Ken was also a talented artist specialising in pencil and watercolour.

    After a full but somewhat short life Ken passed away from a stroke in April 1974. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 April 1974 AWMM
    Age 63 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Otahuhu Public Cemetery, Atkinson Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area N. Plot 72 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    WW2 4: WW2 211 AWMM
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