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Basil Gordon Collyns

Marlborough War Memorial Second World War Fountain - Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin

Marlborough War Memorial Second World War Fountain - Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Basil Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Collyns AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Buck Collyns Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 10 May 2020 - Research
  • Service number
    NZ391368 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 February 1913 AWMM GreymouthGrey District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 July 1940 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • No 1 EFTS (Taieri) AWMM
    • No 2 EFTS (New Plymouth) AWMM
    • No 2 FTS (Woodbourne) AWMM
    • No 6 OTU (Sutton Bridge) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 19 November 1939 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Sheep farmer/Civilian 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Guy Shuckburgh Collyns and Jean Collyns; husband of Margaret Lucy Collyns, of Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand.

    1925-30 Nelson College, Lincoln Agricultural College

    21.6.1941 Shot down BF109

    17.11.1941 Posted to 60 OTU as Instructor

    December 1942 Posted to AFDU (Oxford) as Instructor

    22.6.1942 Shot down by flak, picked up by US Army. Rejoined Squadron.

    20.8.1944 Shot down near Rouvres, France. Buried by local villagers in presence of entire village. German protest due to amount of flowers put on grave. His remains were reinterred after the war. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 August 1944 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    RouvresFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Villeneuve-St Georges Old Communal Cemetery, Val de Marne, France AWMM Grave 93. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Marlborough War Memorial, Second World War Panel AWMM

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  • In loving memory from Margaret and me.
    Public - Jennifer - 11 November 2020
  • In loving memory of my Godfather.
    Public - Jennifer Jane - Self - 24 April 2020



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 87-90 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
11 November 2020JenniferAucklandOther
07 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
24 April 2020Jennifer JaneAucklandSelf

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