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Lewis Frank Raven

Dad on his wedding day 1945.  Married Barbara Constance Hickson

Lewis Frank Raven

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  • Title
    Capt Public - Christine - Child - 5 May 2016 - Family History and Army papers
  • Forenames
    Lewis Frank AWMM
  • Surname
    Raven AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Lew Public - Christine - Child - 5 May 2016 - Family
  • Service number
    1646 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 May 1914 AWMM
  • Date of birth
    7th May 1914 Public - Lewis Grant - Child - 14 February 2017 - Family Information
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 88 Lake Road, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Electrician then General Insurance Agent for NZ Insurance Co Ltd Public - Lewis Grant - Child - 14 February 2017 - Family information
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs D.L. Raven (mother), 7 Shakespeare Terrace, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    1646 AWMM
  • Military service
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  • Medals and Awards

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    10 October 1978 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Dad was very keen on his Ham Radio, he loved his radios and built them all from scratch. His call sign was ZL1AYA - he would say Zulu, Lima, One, Alpha, Yesterday, Alpha. He could be found in his shed calling his friends all over the world. This was his passion, along with fishing and mending anything anyone would ask of him. He also built our beach house at Matakatia where the family spent many weekends and school holidays. He also built other beach houses for relatives and friends. He also built our yachts which were a P class and Moth.
    Public - Christine - Child - 5 May 2016
  • I believe Lew (Dad) was born in 1914 not 1916, post war he retuned to his trade as an electrician, a few years after his marriage to Barbara Constance Hickson, who died February 2016, he joined his father-in-law Ernie Hickson as an agent for the NZ Insurance Company in Auckland, the agency was known as Hickson and Raven, he stayed in business, bringing in two partners, who eventually bought Lew out. Lew (Dad) suffered from Sugar Diabetes and injected himself with insulin an a daily basis, the diabetes went unchecked for many years until a new local Doctor in Remuera diagnosed him as a diabetic, I remember to this day, as a young child, drink a "McAlpines" jug of water non stop as he had an unquenchable thirst, I later learnt that this was a significant "sign of diabetes". Shortly after retiring he passed away as result of a significant heart attack.
    Public - Lewis Grant - Child - 1 May 2016
  • Lewis Frank Raven was born 7 May 1916 in Taumarunui, he had a twin sister Nina Anne. His parents were Frank Raven & Dorothy Lilian Grant. does this help?
    Public - Isobel - Other Relative - 10 March 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cooke, P. (2001). Defending New Zealand: ramparts on the sea 1840-1950s. Wellington, N.Z.: Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • 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 149 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
14 February 2017Lewis Grant Nelson New ZealandChild
05 May 2016Christine Sydney, AustraliaChild
10 March 2015IsobelCumberland, EnglandOther Relative
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