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George Lawrence Hogben



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    George Lawrence AWMM
  • Surname
    Hogben AWMM
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    Larry AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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About birth

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  • Birth
    1917 AWMM ThamesCoromandel District AWMM
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    Married AWMM
    Elaine Hogben AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    • Battle of Atlantic AWMM
    • Arctic Convoys AWMM
    • 1939-1945 WW2 AWMM
    • Atlantic, WW1 AWMM
    • Operation Halberd AWMM
    • Operation Torch AWMM
    • Arctic Convoys AWMM
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    Navy AWMM
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  • Military training
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    Instructor/Military Navy Demobilisation R21465798
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Sep 1939 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Student/Civilian AWMM
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  • Attended Auckland Grammar School
    Graduated from Auckland University College with a first class MA in Mathematics
    Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1938
    PhD in meteorology at Imperial College University of London.

    A Royal Navy officer and meteorologist, Hogben provided vital weather forecasts for the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944.

    Possibly born 14 Apr 1914 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    20 January 2015 AWMM
    Age 98 AWMM
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  • George Lawrence HOGBEN was born in Thames (NOT Auckland as most sources say) where his father Julius HOGBEN was a barrister and solicitor. The family moved to Auckland in 1920 and Lawrence was a Rhodes scholar to Oxford in 1938. On the outbreak of war he joined the Navy as a teacher as mathematics was his field. After an adventurous time in the Royal Navy mostly on board HMS Sheffield -including being attacked by the Swordfish aircraft from HMS Arc Royal (they missed) who were looking for the Bismarck. He is best know as one of the meteorologists who worked in the D-Day landings. His decorations are from this work. My research on behalf of The Treasury in Thames is ongoing. Certainly he is one of Thames most famous citizens. Roger Strong
    Public - Roger William - Researcher - 7 October 2016



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    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, N1/427 (R21465798) AWMM
    • Journal of the Australian Naval Institute AWMM
      Fairfax, D. (2009). One schoolie's war: Instructor Lieutenant Commander George Lawrence Hogben Dp, SC, US Bronze Star, RNZN 1939 - 1945. Issue 133, September p. 16-26. AWMM
    • Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12 AWMM


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07 October 2016Roger WilliamR.D.6 Thames 3576Researcher

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