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Lloyd Hamilton Hume

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lloyd Hamilton AWMM
  • Surname
    Hume AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jock AWMM
  • Service number
    22967 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 March 1918 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1939 AWMM PO Box 151, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J.H. Hume (father), Hororata Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 December 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    22967 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1939 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Accountant/Civilian AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • 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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  • The Official History of 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery gives the following account of the death of Lloyd Hume: "The tempo of the enemy landing on the airfield [Maleme] increased in the afternoon and troop-carriers began to arrive like trams at a main terminus, halting for a minute or two and then taking off. The Bofors became very troublesome and Captain Snadden tried hard to neutralise it. To get a better view of Maleme village he took his assistant, Gunner Storey, up to a higher terrace. While they were there the gun position was severely strafed from the air and Snadden hurried back. He found Second-Lieutenant Hume dying from bullet wounds in the back. Hume had been an inspiration to the men and this was a sad loss; but later in the afternoon it was avenged. Sergeant Ames scored a bull's eye on a Bofors near the road in Maleme and turned it upside down, to the delight of the other gunners. Smoke from burning aircraft on beach and airfield marked other successes; but the steady arrival and departure of planes continued."

    From an unknown source's diary: "Friday 23 May: We have entered into the 4th. day of the blitz. Heard that Jock Hume was killed on Wednesday afternoon by machine gun fire from planes. Shot in the head and was buried on an olive grove by his troop (C). The position at the drome is very ticklish against plenty of aerial strafing. Galatos was bombed. The fire is coming nearer and HQ moved back outside Galatos."

    A war biography, compiled by Hume's nephew, Roland Hume, is held in the Auckland Museum Library Manuscript Collection (MS 2004/25). It contains biographical notes, correspondence, photographs and official records outlining Hume's military career, with some details also of the Hume family. Included is a typed copy of his last letter to his family (dated 4 May 1941), and a letter written to his parents from his brother Keith Hume (dated 30 May 1941), telling them of the circumstances of his brother’s death. Also included are extracts from printed material such as newspaper clippings relating to his death, official published sources on the Crete campaign, and a seminar written by Terry Hume (nephew) entitled ‘Finding Jock’, where he retraces his uncle’s footsteps back to Crete.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.

    Listed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission with nok residing in Raglan. The action in which Second-Lieutenant Hume was killed took place on Crete between 20 and 22 May 1941. In their invasion of Crete on 20 May the German command decided to concentrate its attack in three areas. Meeting with opposition and suffering some heavy casualties in this attack they decided on securing Maleme airfield. On the second day of the attack, 21 May, this was the objective. Their plan was to fly in ammunition for the troops already at Maleme, to land the remainder of the available paratroops and attack with them and finally to fly in a battalion of 5 Mountain Division. The Germans had pushed into the 22 Battalion area during the previous day and night and were stabilized on a line from the east edge of the airfield through Point 107 and the high ground one kilometre south-east of it. A counter-attack was not organised in time, there followed another major assault and a withdrawal from Maleme was ordered on 22 May. The German assault, the decisions made by the defence and the withdrawal are discussed in the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45 - Crete by D.M. Davin, Chapter 4. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    MalemeCrete AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Memorial name
    • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Auckland Domain, an Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna Grammar School War Memorial, (Foyer, Library), 210 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hamilton War Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM

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