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Reginald Arthur Crane



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Crane AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Arthur Reginald Crane AWMM
    • Reg AWMM
    • R.A.C. AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 397535 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 December 1921 AWMM TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Turaki Street, Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs R.A. Crane (mother), 30 Hackett Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 397535 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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 foot 10.25 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 2 pounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 28 November 1943, discharged from Hospital 11 January 1944 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Graded D 16 March 1944 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Invalided to New Zealand, Oranje, disembarked Wellington 10 August 1945 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted Greenlane Hospital 22 August 1945, grading deferred, to remain on pay, 50 days leave due AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Bertha Agnes Crane

    Originally signed up as Arthur Reginald Crane with a signature A.R. Crane.

    Assigned the service number 397535 in Camp at Waitangi.

    Promoted 1940 Temporary Corporal

    Promoted 18 June 1943 Temporary 2nd Lieutenant

    12 May 1943 Temporary 2nd Lieutenant based at Waitangi Camp with 48 Battalion, North Auckland Regiment

    Promoted 29 June 1943 Acting Sergeant, Papakura Military Camp

    Promoted 1946 Lieutenant

    Posted to Retired List 2 May 1946

    On 2 May 1946 he was posted to the Retired List, and living at 30 Hackett Street, Ponsonby. His War Gratuity Assessment was 141 Pounds, 16 shillings, 6 pence, with a date of entitlement 31 March 1946. He had served 4 years 338 days.

    During the 1960's and 1970's he was a factory manager for Rylock Company, Marua Road, Ellerslie. By this time he had moved to McCrae Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland.

    RAC by retirement had purchased the company car he used and retired to Turangi. He was a keen trout fisherman and in competition days he could be seen next to the scales weighing the catch. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1987 AWMM
    Age 65 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Hamilton Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record papers (papers from a Service Record eg Record of Promotions, Reductions, Transfers etc) AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 44 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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