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Harry Kinder

Portrait, Weekly News, 7 July 1943 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News, 7 July 1943 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
    Mr Public - Tracey - Direct descendant - 22 March 2017 - Family book
  • Forenames
    Harry AWMM
  • Surname
    Kinder AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Peter Public - Tracey - Direct descendant - 22 March 2017 - Family oral history
  • Service number
    • NZ411413 AWMM
    • WWII 411413 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Tracey - Direct descendant - 22 March 2017 - Family book
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican Public - Tracey - Direct descendant - 22 March 2017 - Family book

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1915&886 Public - Tracey - Direct descendant - 22 March 2017 - Family book
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Unknown AWMM
    • Mrs G.M. Kinder (Wife), 99 Arney Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Single AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
      Married, 1 child AWMM
    • Son name Peter Wayne Kinder born 24/6/41 Public - Tracey - Direct descendant - 22 March 2017 - Family knowledge


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
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Occupation before enlistment was journalist and advertising manager on the Automobile Association Bu Public - Tracey - Direct descendant - 22 March 2017 - Family book
  • 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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  • Harry Kinder was the son of Mr John William Kinder and of Mrs A. Williams-Wood of 55 Wellesley Street West, Auckland.

    He was the husband of Gladys Maude Kinder of Otahuhu, Auckland. They were married on 11 February 1939 and had one son.

    Harry Kinder came to New Zealand with his parents at the age of four and was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and King's College, Auckland (Town House 1931). His favourite sports were football, tennis, swimming and yachting. He played football in a Senior "B" team and was selected as a Lower Hutt Junior Rep. After leaving school he was employed by the Automobile Association at Auckland as a journalist and as advertising manager.

    Member of College Rifles Rugby Football Club

    He served on the permanent staff of the Royal New Zealand Artillery and with the outbreak of World War 2 transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He went into camp at Levin in March 1941 and the following month he commenced training at Whenuapai, first flying solo in a Tiger Moth on 24 April. Proceeding to Ohakea, he became a service pilot of Oxford aircraft, was awarded the Flying Badge on 5 July 1941 and commissioned as Pilot Officer.

    In September Pilot Officer Kinder went to the Far East, stationed with No 27 Squadron at Kluang, Johore, where he piloted Blenheim aircraft. For several months he was engaged on general flying duties and patrols near SIngapore, on one occasion going to Sumatra.

    After evacuation from Malaya he returned to New Zealand in May 1942 and joined No 8 General Reconnaissance Squadron at Gisborne, where he trained on Vincent aircraft. For the next few months he was engaged on dive bombing practice and gunnery exercises as well as local practice flying. On 16 August he was promoted to Flying Officer and attended a special month's course on bombing at Levin.

    On 8 December 1942 while on a mission to locate an unidentified merchant ship off the Wairarapa coast his Vincent aircraft was reported missing. The other members of the crew were Flying Officer C M Turnbull (Observer) and Sergeant N Stewart (Wireless Operator Air Gunner). The New Zealand Herald recorded the fact that Flying Officer Kinder was still missing on 23 December 1942.

    The diary of Harry (Peter) Kinder and a certificate are held in the Museum Library Archives, Ref. MS 93/88. It covers the period 1 December 1941 to 2 March 1942. It is a day to day account of life and events whilst serving as a Royal New Zealand Air Force officer stationed in Malaya just before the fall of Singapore. It includes photograph, and 2 sketch maps of Malaysia by R.S. John Kinder. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 December 1942 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland Provincial Memorial, Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, College Rifles, Rugby Union Football & Sports Club, 33 Haast Street, Remuera, Auckland AWMM

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  • Rest in peace Grand dad; your son is with you now. Xx



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Unpublished papers: family papers. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Kinder, H. Peter. Wartime diary, 1941 - 1942. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-93-88. AWMM


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