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Arnold Lessel Macmorland Greig

Photograph of Arnold Lessel Macmorland Greig in WWII. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira 2018. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Arnold Lessel Macmorland Greig in WWII. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga H …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arnold Lessel Macmorland AWMM
  • Surname
    Greig AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 7903 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 February 1913 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
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  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Mukden Prisoner of War Camp, Camp Hoten, Mukden, Manchuria AWMM
    1945 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    28 AWMM

Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Arnold Lessel Macmorland Greig, or 'Lessel' as he was known to most people, was born February 24, 1913, in Amatikulu, South Africa. Three months later, his mother, Ruby Greig a New Zealander from Wanganui, moved her family back to settle in Auckland. Lessel was educated at Dilworth and Auckland Grammar Schools, and would go on to join the firm of Harrison and Greirson where he trained as a surveyor. He qualified as a Registered Surveyor in 1935, and went to work for the Malayan Survey Department creating maps in the Pacific when the Second World War broke out in Europe. In 1940, he and fellow surveyors I.C. Booth, R.K.A. Bruce, and G.C. Stubbs were sent to India on a six month course in aerial surveying. When they returned to Malaya in September 1941, a Field Survey Company was formed and Lessel became 1st Lieutenant in the British Army attached to the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force (F.M.S.V.F.). He was captured in Singapore when it fell to Japanese forces on February 15, 1942, just a week before his 29th birthday. Lessel spent six months in Changi before being sent north to camps in Mukden (now Shenyang) where he would spend the remainder of the War. According to family, Lessel had a curiosity and natural talent for languages and while incarcerated found ways to use this to the benefit of his fellow inmates. He learned Japanese not only so he could understand the guards but so that he could read and translate the newspapers which he received by bribing the guards with food rations. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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