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Ronald Garland Blamires

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald Garland AWMM
  • Surname
    Blamires AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ron AWMM
  • Service number
    • R81025 AWMM
    • J/6951 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 July 1921 AWMM DevonportNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre Nov 1940 AWMM 43a Church Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs M.O. Blamires (mother), Augusta Street, Sheringham, Norfolk, England AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Rev E. P. & Mrs Blamires, 43A Church Street, Devonport, Auckland N. 1 AWMM
  • Relationship status


Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Nov 1940 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Accounts Clerk/Civilian AWMM
    CanadaNorth America AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grade 1 AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
      Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • He was the third son of Rev & Mrs E.P. Blamires, of Norfolk, England, who formerly lived in Devonport.

    He was educated at Takapuna Grammar School and represented his school at cricket.

    He left for America towards the end of 1939 and in December 1940 joined the Royal Canadian Air Force.

    He gained a special distinction pass graduating second out of a class of 64 and was granted a commission in August 1941.

    After acting as an advanced instructor in Canada for six months Pilot Officer Blamires ferried a bomber across the Atlantic and was posted to a Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron of night fighters.

    Flying Officer Blamires was initially buried at Evreux and later reinterred in the Canadian War Cemetery near Bretteville-sur-Laize.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. Ron's fiancee provided information to compile the Cenotaph database record.

    Attended Takapuna Grammar School and Wesley Training School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France AWMM XXVII. H. 2. 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
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna Grammar School War Memorial, (Foyer, Library), 210 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial Drive, 1939-1945, Devonport Memorial Drive, Auckland AWMM

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