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Douglas Raymond Tombs

Portrait, Trentham Military Camp in 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Trentham Military Camp in 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Raymond AWMM
  • Surname
    Tombs AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    49761 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 May 1917 AWMM St HeliersAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 22 September 1941 AWMM 12 Francis Street, Claudelands, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs G.J. Tombs (wife), 12 Francis Street, Claudelands, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 May 1942 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    49761 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 22 September 1941 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      False teeth AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to hospital in Trentham and Guadalcanal AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Carcinoma of the oesophagus AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The family cites Douglas Tombs' rank on embarkation as Sapper.

    His wife, Gweneth described the period at Trentham Camp 1941 as 'grim times'.

    Douglas Tombs appears to have embarked on a number of vessels, Ascania, Fuller, the Edwin Young and the President Coolidge destined for Guadacanal, on various occasions.

    During his eight months at Guadalcanal, he was involved in construction work - hospital buildings and bridges. He was also a despatch rider. He was also at Neporal for several months.

    One of the ships on which Douglas Tombs was transported was the President Coolidge. This ship sank when she ran into a minefield in the Segond Channel entrance to Espiritu Santo. In 1996 one of Mr Tomb's grandsons undertook a dive to the wreck.

    The history of the President Coolidge in New Zealand waters began when the American President Lines flagship (21936/31) arrived at Auckland on 19 February 1942 from Melbourne having taken some of the first American Army troops to Australia. On 20 February she sailed for San Francisco where she arrived on 7 March. At San Francisco on 24 May 1942 the President Coolidge, President Monroe, James Parker, Uruguay, Santa Clara, Santa Lucia and Tasker H. Bliss were boarded by troops bound for Fiji and Auckland. They were escorted by the destroyers USS San Francisco (CA-38) and USS Farragut (DD-348) for part of the journey. Troops on board President Coolidge were off loaded at Suva, Fiji. New Zealand troops boarded for home and were replaced in Fiji by members of the 37 Division (US). Approximately 10,000 New Zealand troops return on the 'shuttle service' from Suva escorted by HMNZS Leander and USS Cummings (DD-365). Her final voyage began from San Francisco on 6 October 1942. Although the ship was advised to change course to avoid an Allied minefield the message was received too late for her to do so. A mine exploded tearing a hold in the ship's hull. Captain Nelson headed his vessel to the nearest beach but was hit by another mine after which she sank. All the troops and ship's company with one exception made it ashore. Captain Elwood Euart of Prividence, Rhode Island, a member of 103 Field Artillery (US) was trapped below deck when checking that all his men had left the ship. The US camp at Mangere was named Camp Euart in his memory. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    31 March 1997 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hamilton Park Cemetery, 395 Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM Returned Services Plot 52 Row 7 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald and Waikato Times (1 April 1997) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Always loved and never forgotten. Will always miss you
    Public - Adele Maree - Child - 25 April 2021
  • Always loved and remembered by your baby pumpkin xxx
    Public - Adele - Child - 24 April 2018
  • My brave dad, will never be forgotten by his loved ones
    Public - Adele Maree - Child - 22 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      NZ Herald and Waikato Times (1 April 1997) AWMM
    • Hamilton Park Cemetery, 395 Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
      Cemetery register no. S 5904 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 8 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1942 to 30th June, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.43 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.83 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • The parting of the ways : a souvenir record of the triumphs, tribulations and maritime musings of returning draft H.M.N.Z.T No. 217, 'Zealandic'. January 18th, 1919 to February 26th, 1919. AWMM


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25 April 2021Adele MareeAuckland New Zealand Child
24 April 2018Adele Auckland Child

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