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William Ronald Kaye

Portrait, William Ronald Kaye (5133), smiling, 15 January 194[1], Cairo (kindly provided by his daughter) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, William Ronald Kaye (5133), smiling, 15 January 194[1], Cairo (kindly provided by his daug …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Ronald AWMM
  • Surname
    Kaye AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bing AWMM
  • Service number
    • 5133 AWMM
    • NZ4313646 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Operation Lustre AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
    • Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 5133 AWMM
    • NZ4313646 AWMM
  • Military service
  • 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


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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 7 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Coronary atherosclerosis AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Henrietta (Rita) Ambrose Kaye, nee Winstanley. Father of Barry and Pamela.

    A Postman with the Post Office before enlistment.

    Single at enlistment

    Attested in September, entered camp in October.

    Attestation for Army stated he had experience with horses, farm. Application for RNZAF he noted he had worked as a mechanic for 4 years with Rangitikei Motors, Marton. He listed the Mayor of Marton, Mr F. Purnell as a referee.

    On returning to Wellington on furlough to New Zealand on the Nieuw Amsterdam, 12 July 1943, William Kaye decided that he would transfer to the Air Force. He said he was tired of being strafed by German planes, and that he would rather do the strafing.

    He Joined RNZAF Station Delta on 5 November 1943, but was grounded because of health reasons.

    He transferred back to the Army 26 January 1944. Because of his health he was discharged in May 1944.

    he was admitted to coronary care at Wanganui Hospital in 1953.

    His headstone has the following inscription: In loving memory of William Ronald Kaye died 5.2.1973 aged 54. Henrietta Ambrose Kaye died 18.5.2006 aged 87. Cherished parents of Barry and Pamela. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    5 February 1973 AWMM
    Age 54 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Cremation Lawn Old Row V3, Plot 22 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 7 February 1973 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • A caring and fun loving husband, dad and grand father - always in our thoughts lots of love Penny and family



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