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Ralph Granville De Costa

Family Grave Memorial at Makara Cemetery (Photo P. Baker 2008) - This image may be subject to copyright

Family Grave Memorial at Makara Cemetery (Photo P. Baker 2008) - This image may be subject to copyri …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ralph Granville AWMM
  • Surname
    De Costa AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Decosta AWMM
  • Service number
    20503 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Jewish AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 March 1910 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of Herbert Hyam & Kate Jessie DE COSTA of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 6 May 2023 - NZ BDM Marriage Records
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 7 Clifford Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Herbert Hyam De Costa (father), 7 Clifford Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    20503 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Banker/Civilian AWMM
    KaikoheNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ralph De Costa was the son of Herbert Hyam De Costa and Kate Jessie De Costa, of Gisborne AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    15 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Advice has been received from the Minister of Defence, Mr. F. Jones, by Mr and Mrs. H. H. De Costa that their elder son Second Lieutenant Ralph Granville De Costa, who had previously been reported missing, must now be presumed to have died of wounds in the Western Desert on July 15, 1942. The Minister stated that this reclassification had been made after the completion of all possible inquiries and the lapse of time.

    Second Lieutenant De Costa, who was aged 35 when he was reported missing, was born in Gisborne and educated at the Gisborne Central School, the Gisborne High School, and later at Waitaki Boys’ High School. Upon completing his education, Second Lieutenant De Costa joined the staff of the Bank of New Zealand and remained here until 1937, when he was transferred to the Putaruru branch. He was subsequently transferred to the Kaikohe office, and it was while he was there that he enlisted with the First Echelon as an infantryman. Second Lieutenant De Costa went overseas with the Second Echelon and won his commission in the field. He was posted missing at El Alamein.

    Taking a keen interest in sport, Second Lieutenant De Costa while in Gisborne was a representative oarsman. He was a popular member of the Gisborne Rowing Club. He was also keenly interested in tennis. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 29 June 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXIII, ISSUE 21977, 22 MARCH 1946, PAGE 4
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  • Memorial name
    • Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM
    • Family grave memorial, Makara Cemetery, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • Waitaki Boys' High School Roll of Honour WWII 1939-45 AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Jewish Community, WW2, Auckland Hebrew Congregation, 108 Greys Avenue, Auckland AWMM
    • Kaikohe War Memorial Hall, Memorial Drive Kaikohe Far North 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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14 February 2024Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher

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