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John Thomas Blease

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1942 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1942 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Blease AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ405221 AWMM
    • WWII 405221 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
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ405221 AWMM
    • WWII 405221 AWMM
  • Military service
  • 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
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • John Blease was the son of John Joseph Blease and of Iris Olive Blease (nee Stewart), of Christchurch, New Zealand.

      John Blease attended Christchurch Boy's High School from 1931 to 1933. AWMM
    • I heard testimony from Mr Robert Batterby November 2016.

      I subsequently found a report of the loss of Pilot Blease, his crew, and his plane from the squadron records on the RNAAF pages.

      Welsl next the sea has a shorline with large areas of marsh. As a small boy in 1942 Bob batterby was out on the. marses with friends and found the body opf John Blease.
      Mr Frary a local fish merchant came to the aid of the boys , and secured the body so that it would not float with the tide, whilst he went to fetch the police.

      Bob Batterby has visted teh grave and laid flowers ever since, he is now 86 years old and wished me to ensure that others knew the story, the John Blease would not be forgotten.

      He had a sweetheart called Doris Ampthill who worked at the Lincolnshire airbase, she grieved for him throughout her life and left one million pounds to purchase a lifeboat for Wells next teh Sea, in honour of teh boat and crew that went out on 14 July 1942 to tray to assist her beloved.

      To date the RNLI lifeboat is named the "Doris Ampthill. Public - Catherine - Self - 18 September 2017 - Personal Testimony. Robert Batterby, retired Gamekeeper Wells next the Sea Norfolk England
      Aged 86 in 2017.
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About death

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  • Death
    11 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    [United Kingdom]Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Great Bircham (St Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk, England AWMM Plot 1. Row 3. Grave 5. AWMM
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18 September 2017CatherineWells next the Sea , NorfolkSelf
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