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Raymond Gilmour Mellsop

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Raymond Gilmour AWMM
  • Surname
    Mellsop AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ413449 AWMM
    • WWII 413449 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
    Mrs M.E. Mellsop, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • 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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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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Raymond Mellsop was the son of Laurence Lionel and Margaret Edith Gilmour Mellsop, Pukekohe, Auckland.

    Raymond Mellsop attended King's College (Parnell House) from 1925-1929 where he was a school prefect. He was involved in sport both in school and afterwards. He was shooting champion and gymnasium champion in school and an active member of the Auckland Gliding Club later. He joined with other Old Boys in a community project to establish a church gymnasium for local youths. He worked in the Public Trust Office including branches in Dannevirke, Palmerston North and Nelson.

    He trained as a pilot in Canada and joined a transport squadron in India dropping supplies to Wingates armed expeditions into Burma behind the Japanese lines. He and his crew were killed in attempting a night landing on a jungle air strip.

    A diary written by his friend Pilot Officer Alan Day (and in the possession of his descendents) makes many references to Mellsop. AWMM
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About death

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  • Memorial name
    • Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM

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