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Alfred Ernest Dryden

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Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alfred Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Dryden AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ413549 AWMM
    • WWII 413549 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ413549 AWMM
    • WWII 413549 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Alfred Dryden was the son of Joseph and Ellen Dryden, of New Plymouth, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Alfred Dryden was born in Inglewood on 17 October 1919. After a couple of years at NPBHS he left to work as a farmhand and then the Pihama Dairy factory before he joined the RNZAF in 1941. He was sent to the United Kingdom in December 1941 where he received training to become a flying instructor in Perth, Scotland. He was then employed as a flying instructor at Wolverhampton, Carlisle and several other training schools in the UK. In February 1944 he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and began his own training on Spitfire aircraft before being sent to join No 249 Squadron in Italy. On 22 September 1944, aged 24, while flying a Mustang on a strafing sweep he failed to return to base. His body was never recovered. His name is commemorated on the Malta Memorial, Malta. Public - Louise - Researcher - 5 July 2019 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth boy's High School Centennial Trust.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    22 September 1944 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Malta Memorial, Malta AWMM

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Sources

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05 July 2019LouiseNew PlymouthResearcher

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