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William Leonard Harvey

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Portrait from Weekly News; 5 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from Weekly News; 5 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Leonard AWMM
  • Surname
    Harvey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ405487 AWMM
    • WWII 405487 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 February 1920 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Father: Mr. W. R. Harvey. 14 Millers St, Abbotswford, via Dunedin AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Harvey of Dunedin AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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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  • William Harvey was the son of William Robert Harvey and of Helena Harvey (nee Ashcroft), of Dunedin, New Zealand.

    He was the Wireless Operator and Air Gunner on this operation.

    The photographer of the headstone in 1999 was Mr B. Cox whose brother, Flying Officer John Grant Cox (NZ412658), is buried in the same cemetery. He described his visit to Hanover War Cemetery: 'On 29 June we left London 4 am - drove all day via the Channel Tunnel reaching the village of Rimbeck about 100 km south of Hanover by 5 pm. That was where my brother's plane actually crashed, and by 5.30 we were taken by friendly German folk to the Catholic cemetery where the crew of seven were originally interred, and then to a site on a hillside about 1 km away to the spot where the Lancaster crashed. An elderly chap who remembers the incident said that they thought the bomber was going to hit the village. and the following morning, civilians began pillaging the wreckage to get the parachutes for silk but were stopped by soldiers. We were taken back to the first house we called at where we were given a nice meal, outside under a patio, followed by several rounds of German lager, before being taken to the local hotel where we slept before an early morning start for Hanover. In the Hanover War Cemetery all graves are well tended by German gardeners employed by the British War Graves Commission and were quite friendly. There are 46 New Zealand graves in the cemetery.'

    Attended St. Andrews, Canterbury (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    14 January 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    GermanyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany AWMM 1. A. 12. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Lest We Forget..
    RIP Uncle Bill <#
    Public - Sheryl - Direct descendant - 25 April 2021
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  • RIP Uncle Bill
    Public - Sheryl - Other relative - 23 April 2019
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  • RIP
    Public - Margaret - Sibling - 25 April 2018
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  • In loving memory Rest in Peace
    Public - Margaret - Sibling - 14 April 2015
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  • In loving memory of my Uncle whom I never met but have heard alot about... R.I.P Uncle Bill
    Public - Sheryl - Other Relative - 8 April 2015
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Sources

Sources

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  • References
    • Weekly News AWMM
      Weekly News, 1944 AWMM
    • 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) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - 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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25 April 2021SherylTapanuiDirect descendant
25 April 2018Margaret Havelock northSibling
14 April 2015MargaretHavelock NorthSibling

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