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Douglas Reid Pepper

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Reid AWMM
  • Surname
    Pepper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ425591 AWMM
    • WWII 425591 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 June 1922 AWMM WaipawaHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. K. H. Pepper, Chambers Road, Havelock North AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Pepper of Havelock North AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Navigator Training, UK AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Navigator RNZAF Biographies (R17845614)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 30 May 1942 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Government clerk/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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Douglas Pepper was the son of Sydney Charles and Kathleen Helen Pepper, of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Sister of Lorna and Noreen

    Five sons served in WW2 and Jayforce. Two Terence Barnes Pepper (NZ405318) and Douglas Reid Pepper (NZ425591) were killed off the coast of France, three Richard Lindsay Pepper (635329) and Brian Sydney Carlyon Pepper , Nolan Pepper (657063) survived.

    Flight Sergeant Pepper obtained his primary education at Pukehou Public Primary School and secondary education at Te Aute College, both schools being situated in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. At the time of enlistment in the Armed Forces he was employed in the Education Department at Wellington.

    Flight Sergeant Pepper was an adept sportsman. He played rugby for the Onslow Rugby Club, represented Wellington Province in rugby and hockey, as well as participating in basketball and swimming. Whilst involved in the Empire Air Training Scheme (Canada) he represented the RNZAF in both rugby and hockey.

    Flight Sergeant Pepper was enlisted at Whenuapai for Aerodrome Defence Duty till remustered for Pilot training to Initial Training Wing at Rotorua. As a result of a rugby injury sustained in Canada he was remustered from Pilot Training to Navigator Training. Flight Sergeant Pepper furthered his training in the United Kingdom; West Frough in Scotland, Westcott in Buckinghamshire, and Stradishall in Suffolk. Eventually he was assigned to 622 Squadron, RAF, at Mildenhall in Suffolk.

    Attended Te Aute College, Wellington Technical College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845614)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 July 1944 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Essey-Les-Nancy Churchyard, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France AWMM Grave 2 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Weekly News, 25 July 1944

    Casualty list: New Zealand Herald, 13 August 1944, missing believed killed and 22 April 1945, presumed dead, previously missing believed killed AWMM
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  • He was my uncle.
    Public - cyril - Direct descendant - 11 December 2019
  • Just trying to find part of our family tree
    Public - Charlene - Other Relative - 8 April 2015



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  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Weekly News AWMM
      Weekly News, 25 July 1944 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Casualty list: New Zealand Herald, 13 August 1944 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Na - Py. Archives New Zealand (R17845614) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM


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11 December 2019cyrilAustraliaDirect descendant
08 April 2015CharleneBOP. New ZealandOther Relative

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