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Herbert Roy Winchcombe

Portrait circa December 1939 (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait circa December 1939 (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Herbert Roy AWMM
  • Surname
    Winchcombe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Roy AWMM
    • Hubert AWMM
    • Hurbert AWMM
    • Herbert AWMM
  • Service number
    7657 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 July 1914 AWMM GreatfordManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 3 Skerman Street, Marton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W.B. Winchcombe (father), 4 Skerman Street, Marton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Mechanic/Military AWMM
    MartonRangitikei 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 8.5 inches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      1940 hospitalised pneumonia, placed on serious list AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      shrapnel wound to stomach AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Sand in lungs AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Margaret Eila; they had 5 children.

    His son writes: he was a despatch rider in the 27th Machine Gun Battalion and for a short time was with the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). He was Mentioned in Despatches twice, 27 March 1944 and 6 April 1944.

    His son also recounts the MiD. "Dad's unit had been on patrol in the desert and they stopped. They realized they had forgotten the maps. Being a despatch rider, he was sent back to retrieve the maps. On returning back here was slight sandstorm and he proceeded towards it. Presuming his own company was moving, as he got closer he realised it was a Rommels, German Panzer Division (tanks) on the move nearby.

    He decided not to turn back (away from the tanks) and carried on riding through the middle of the Panzer Division. He managed to get through and immediately told his company the enemy strength nearby .They immediately took appropiate action."

    Number of address incorrectly recorded in Nominal Roll - not 3 the house number was 4 Skerman Street.

    Known as Roy all his life. Named as Hubert by BDM, Death registration online. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 September 1995 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    MartonRangitikei AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Mount View Cemetery, Marton, New Zealand AWMM RSA Plot AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 199 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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