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Mervyn Wilkinson

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  W_017. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel W_017. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilkinson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ405532 AWMM
    • WWII 405532 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 March 1921 RNZAF Biographies (R17845617) HuntlyWaikato RNZAF Biographies (R17845617)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Frederick Wilkinson (father), Huntley, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr F. Wilkinson, Hakanoa, Huntly AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ405532 AWMM
    • WWII 405532 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and 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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidental death on active service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Frederick Wilkinson and Elizabeth Wilkinson (nee Bell), Huntley, New Zealand

      Attended Huntly District High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845617)) AWMM
    • Born on the 01st March 1921 at Huntly, the son of Frederick Wilkinson and of Elizabeth Wilkinson (née Bell), of Huntley, Auckland, New Zealand Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 16 September 2019 -
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About death

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  • Death
    25 May 1942 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Stratford On Avon Cemetery, Warwickshire, England AWMM Grave 4205 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • I am the great neice of Mervyn. My mother is FAY GOURLEY nee Wilkinson who was Mervyns neice. He was my grandfathers Fredericks brother. My mother told me with great fondness stories of Merv bringing them American sweets and carrying her on his shoulders. She also shared with us with great sadness how he was killed in the line of duty. Apparentlyhe had returned from a flight and his plane was on the runway when another plane landed on top of them which caused both planes to explode killing all the soliders along with my great uncle. His name is engraved in the Huntly cenotaph and to all concerned was taken far too young as he was only 21 years of age at the time of his death in the United Kingdom.
    Public - kerren - Other Relative - 19 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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) - Ue - Z. Archives New Zealand (R17845617) - Former archives reference: AIR118 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM


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16 September 2019KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
19 April 2015kerren hamilton, new zealandmeatiOther Relative

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