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Colin Granville Atkins

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  A_010. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel A_010. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin Granville AWMM
  • Surname
    Atkins AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ4214312 AWMM
    • WWII 4214312 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr S. E. Atkins, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ4214312 AWMM
    • WWII 4214312 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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


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  • Embarkation details

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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidentally killed on active service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Colin Atkins was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Edward Atkins of New Lynn, Auckland

    While walking along Russley Road at 2345 hours, Atkins was seriously injured on being struck by a motorcycle ridden by two off-duty airmen. Atkins died at Christchurch Public Hospital the following day

    Atkins died just two days before his 18th birthday and was possibly the youngest member of the RNZAF to die during war. He was serving with the E & W Squadron pending training as a radio mechanic.

    The CWGC incorrectly records his age as 19, he was 18 years old. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 May 1943 AWMM
    Age 17 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Otahuhu Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM 278.3 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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