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Reginald Douglas Dyer

New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 2: Royal New Zealand Navy - Able Seamen Fitzgerald - Wilson, Ordinary Seamen, Boy First Class (digital photo John Halpin 2011) - CC BY John Halpin

New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 2: Royal New Zealand Navy - Able Seamen Fitzgerald - Wi …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Dyer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII NZ 8617 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
    John H. Dyer (father), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ 8617 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 DunedinOtago AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Ship lost, missing, presumed killed AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John H. and Tui Dyer (nee Hastings), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

    R.D. Dyer was presumed killed when he went missing when his ship HMS Isis sank off the coast of Normandy.

    HMS Isis was part of the naval operations around Crete in April and May 1941 aimed at preventing a seaborne landing on Crete by the Germans. Isis was specifically engaged in the reinforcement and supply of Allied troops. The role the ship played in the events off Crete was recognised when battle honours were awarded after the war and she was listed as third of all warships and first of all the many small ships in the Admiralty Fleet Order concerned (see J.H. Spencer's Battle for Crete, p.212). The Destroyer Isis was sunk by a mine (or possibly a Neger) off the beaches of Normandy on 20 July 1944. Ten New Zealanders were lost when she sank. They are commemorated in the cathedral in Portsmouth, England and also in Arromanches, France where a wreath is layed each year.Only three New Zealanders survived, they included Able Seaman Douglas Simpson, who later died on the HMS Comet, and J W Tangye who was one of the two who survived and returned to New Zealand in December 1945. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    20 July 1944 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    English Channel AWMM
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  • Cemetery
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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