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Spence Grainger Cottrell

Biography for Spence Grainger Cottrell. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609-0147). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Spence Grainger Cottrell. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Spence Grainger AWMM
  • Surname
    Cottrell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ412208 AWMM
    • WWII 412208 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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About birth

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  • Birth
    11 April 1921 RNZAF Biographies (R17845609) NapierHawkes Bay RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
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  • Address before enlistment
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    WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. H. S. Cottrell of Wellington AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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    • Son of Horace Spence Cottrell and Voilet May Cottrell of Napier

      Attended Waipukurau and Napier High Schools (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • Son of Horace Spence Cottrell (died 20th October 1960, age 73) and Violet May Cottrell (née Grainger - born on the 17th May 1887 - married 23 February 1915 - died 28th May 1971, age 84 - May Cottrell a writer, poet and spiritualist published more than 1,000 articles in 13 countries), brother of Dorothy, of Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 2 October 2022 -
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About death

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  • Death
    21 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Memorial name
    Malta Memorial, Malta AWMM

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  • His parents were keen members of the New Zealand Native Bird Protection Society, May and Horace Cottrell made an intensive study of the gannets on the rocky promontory, Cape Kidnappers. A lecture illustrated with Horace's hand-coloured lantern slides proved so popular that they were invited by the American Chautauqua Association to tour New Zealand in 1923. The lecture was given 99 times.

    Poems flowed abundantly from May's pen: mostly brief verses on pertinent topics and often from a feminist perspective. With titles such as 'Mothers' (so-called) holidays' and 'Sport & hobby "widows" ', they found ready acceptance in women's magazines. In 1930 a romantic epic poem appeared in an English shipping publication, the Blue Peter. The story was based on a little-known legend surrounding Pania, daughter of the sea people, and the reef that lies beyond the Napier breakwater. Widespread local int
    Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 2 October 2022



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609) - 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM


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