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Dennis Raoul Hillell Nathan



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Dennis Raoul Hillell AWMM
  • Surname
    Nathan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    616080 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Jewish AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    ParisFrance AWMM
    Paris, France AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 18 Gilget Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs May F. Nathan (wife), 18 Gilget Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1942 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    616080 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Importer AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Dennis Raoul Nathan got married to May in London in 1938, they had three children: Jeremy, Nicholas and Belinda..

    He was born in Paris to a French mother and a New Zealand father and spent most of his childhood in Manurewa

    In the 1930s Dennis Nathan and his brothers took over L.D. Nathan which owned the supermarket chains Super Value and Woolworths. They started Big Fresh, Price Chopper and Deka. The Company was sold in 1968 and merged with Lion Breweries.

    Dennis Nathan was partially deaf from artillery training during World War II when he was a Lieutenant in the Pacific Islands.

    After the war Dennis set up the Dennis Nathan Educational Trust which helps funds education and training for people born deaf.

    He also helped set up the local branch of international charity United Way in 1974. The charity collects donations and distributes money to local welfare charities.

    In later life he lived in Epsom with his wife May, who died in 1997 at 84.

    Three sons, brothers Dennis Raoul Nathan (616080), Frank Albert Nathan (2881) and Lawrence David Nathan (23544) served in WW2.

    New Zealand Jewish Soldiers Project, biographical histories, family visits by Evelyn Jaffe, Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 July 2012 AWMM
    Age 99 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Hebrew Berm B Row 7, Plot 1 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, July 2012

    Obituary: Eastern Bays Courier

    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 18 July 2012 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Roll of Honour, Auckland Jewish Community, WW2, Auckland Hebrew Congregation, 108 Greys Avenue, Auckland AWMM

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  • External links
    Auckland Council. West (Waikumete) burial and cremation records search
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • 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 290 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: July 2012 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: 18 July 2012 AWMM
    • The Christchurch Press AWMM
      Obituary: Eastern Bays Courier AWMM
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