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Ian Lewis Ruxton Wilson

Portrait (supplied by R.A. Ringer) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (supplied by R.A. Ringer) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Lewis Ruxton AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZD2645 AWMM
    • WWII 2645 AWMM
    • WWII NZD2645 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 June 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 19 February 1941 AWMM 112 Remuera Rd, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr W. St. G. Wilson (father), Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1941 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Empire Training Scheme, Canada AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 19 February 1941 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Law student/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
      Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ian Lewis Ruxton Wilson was the second son of Warwick St George Ruxton and Merthyr-Tydvil Winfred Wilson (nee Lewis) of Remuera Road, Auckland and one of three brothers who served in the forces.

    Ian was educated at Kings College Auckland where he was a member of Town House, 1934-35. This was followed by Auckland University College where he was enrolled in a law course.

    Ian served on aircraft and air carriers and was present at the Allied Landing at Salerno.

    The New Zealand Herald of 12 May 1944 reported Ian Wilson as missing

    A poem was written by R.A. Ringer in memory of his friends Dick Goodfellow and Ian Wilson both of whom were killed in action. Dick and Ian. Do you remember Warlingham?

    My grandparents lived at Warlingham.

    Do you remember, Dick, the Green?

    Ian, do you remember the flint stone church?

    I do, and I can tell my children of Warlingham,

    I remember the church well, my grandparents' grave.

    I have walked across the Green many times,

    Yes, I have walked across the Green,

    In memory, a thousand times.

    We were young then, Dick and Ian,

    We were so young, three boys then,

    Mere boys, so very young,

    Beneath the seas, no known graves.

    Dick, I can never say good bye.

    Ian, I will never shake your hand.

    This long while, I remember you.

    An album/scrapbook in possession of Mr R.A. Ringer contains material relating to Ian Wilson as they left New Zealand on the NZSS Rimutaka and trained together at HMS St Vincent, Portsmouth AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    English Channel 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
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • King's College Golf Ave, Otahuhu, Auckland 1062 AWMM

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  • Dear Ian, I miss you and Pete more every year when Anzac day poppies are around. When I first went to see your names on the Auckland museum walls a few years ago a shaft of sunshine was illuminating them. It was a breathtaking moment I shall treasure all the rest of my life. Your details are included in the book about Fleet Air Arm airmen, "Flying Navy, New Zealanders who flew in the Fleet Air Arm", by David Allison.
    Public - Angela Mary Ruxton - Sibling - 24 March 2016



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • The Weekly News AWMM
      The Weekly News 1944 AWMM
    • Allison, D. (2009). Flying Navy: The story of New Zealanders who flew in the Fleet Air Arm in World War I and World War II and the Roll of Honour of those who died in action and on active service. Auckland, N.Z.: Fleet Air Arm Museum of New Zealand. AWMM
      p.182 AWMM
    • New Zealand Memories AWMM
      New Zealand Memories Issue 68 October/November 2007 pp60-61 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
04 July 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
24 March 2016Angela Mary RuxtonAuckland, New ZealandSibling

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