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Jack Milton Cave

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack Milton AWMM
  • Surname
    Cave AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    43700 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 September 1919 RNZAF Biographies (R17845608) HamiltonWaikato RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Date of birth
    b. 1919 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 24 June 2023 - NZ BDM BIRTH Record
  • Place of birth
    NZ Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 24 June 2023 - NZ BDM BIRTH Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of Milton Knight Cave and Stella May Cave, of Whakatane Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 24 June 2023 - NZ BDM BIRTH Record
  • Address before enlistment
    Gisborne, then shifted to Wellington prior to joining the RNZAF Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 24 June 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXVII, ISSUE 20396, 5 NOVEMBER 1940, PAGE 8
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr M.K. Cave (father), Rotorua Line, Tirau, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. M. K. Cave of Tirau, Rotorua Line AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Enlistment
  • 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
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Jack Cave was the son of Milton Knight Cave and Stella May Cave, of Whakatane, New Zealand.

    Short Service Commission with RAF 1940

    Two sons, brothers Jack Milton Cave (RAF 43700) and Vernon Grenville Cave (NZ415059) died in service.

    Attended Rawene High School, Dargaville High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    30 October 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    LincolnshireEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waddington (St. Michael) Churchyard, Lincolnshire, England AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    PILOT-OFFICER CAVE FORMER GISBORNEITE PROMINENT FOOTBALLER Members of the Chief Post Office staff in Gisborne and of the Old Boys' Rugby Football Club have learned with the deepest regret of the death of Pilot-Officer Jack Milton Cave in air operations with the Royal Air Force. He is the first casualty to affect either group, so far as is known, and much sympathy is felt for the parents of the young airman, who lived at Tirau. The late Pilot-Officer Cave was employed in the clerical branch of the Chief Post Office in Gisborne from November, 1935, to March, 1939, during which time he gained outstanding popularity with his fellow-employees. His ability was recognised by departmental authorities when be was transferred to the staff division at head office in Wellington, which he left to join the Royal New Zealand Air Force in September, immediately after the outbreak of the war.
    He trained preliminarily in New Zealand before leaving with an early New Zealand group to take up service with the Royal Air Force, and gave promise of developing into a first-class airman, which promise he later fulfilled when he was posted as a pilot.

    He will be well remembered as a Rugby footballer who came up through the grades of the Old Boys’ club, earning representative honours in the junior grade, and transferring to the senior grade in the season prior to his departure from Gisborne. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 24 June 2023 - R.A.F. CASUALTY
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Roll of Honour, Tirau District 1939 - 1945, Tirau Museum, Tirau, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Northern Wairoa RSA, Dargaville AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 June 2023Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
27 December 2018KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher

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