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Ronald Third

Bourail Memorial panels 3rd from left Panel 3 - This image may be subject to copyright

Bourail Memorial panels 3rd from left Panel 3 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald AWMM
  • Surname
    Third AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 22152 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    b. 1920 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 September 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 September 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Birth notes
    Son of Ronald & Florence THIRD of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 September 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 care of Post and Telegraph Department, Blenheim AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs F THIRD of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 September 2023 - News Reports
  • Relationship status
    Single Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 September 2023 - No Marriage Record

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    8 November 1945 AWMM
    For exemplary conduct in coast-watching and communication duties in the Gibert Islands area in the face of the enemy, despite overwhelming odds and the knowledge that relief or escape was impossible. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2
    AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served as a Coastwatcher on Ocean Island as part of the Gilbert Group. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 October 1942 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    • No word other than this has been received by Mrs. Third, who only knew of her son’s death this year after he had been on the presumed a prisoner of war list for over 3 years. Sergeant Third was educated at the Gisborne Central School & matriculated at the Gisborne High School. His one interest in life was radio & he joined the staff of the Post & Telegraph Department at Gisborne. While here he was closely associated with a group of young radio enthusiasts who formed their own club, & Sergeant R Third was president of the club before being transferred to Auckland & later to Blenheim & Invercargill, He was not 21 years of age when he went overseas as a volunteer for the. communications & coast-watching organisation. His brother, Private James Third, returned to NZ recently after 4 years’ service with the Second N Z.E.F. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 September 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXII, ISSUE 21872, 16 NOVEMBER 1945, PAGE 6 (part 2)
    • GISBORNE MAN’S DEATH MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES A member of the communications group attached to the NZ coast-watching organisation sent to the Gilbert & Ellice Islands in 1941, Sergeant Ronald Third, whose award of posthumous mention in dispatches was announced on Wednesday, was born & educated in Gisborne. The son of Mrs. F. Third, Gisbotne, Sergeant Third was one of 6 men left behind on Ocean Island, in ihe Gilbert & Ellice group, when the white civilians & servicemen were evacuated in August. 1941, on the approach of the Japanese landing forces. A wireless expert, both on the technical & operational side, he was a leading member of the communications section & volunteered to remain on the island after the last of the servicemen were evacuated A man of his knowledge & experience was required to maintain communication for as long as possible & he volunteered for this duty, despite the realisation that relief or escape was impossible. 5 other men remained on the islands. They were civilians & representatives of a mining company on the island. There has been no official advice as to how Sergeant Third met his death, but a short while a native who escaped from the island & was 7 months’ adrift in a small boat before being rescued reported that there were no white inhabitants left on the island. It was known that 3 of the other Europeans on the island were taken by the Japanese to hospital on the grounds of giving them treatment to combat tropical disease. These men never left the hospital. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 September 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXII, ISSUE 21872, 16 NOVEMBER 1945, PAGE (Part 1)
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • Tarawa Coastwatchers Memorial AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2187502
    Sources Used
  • References
    • New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
    • Personnel - Medals and decorations - Awards to Pacific Coast watchers (1942-1946), Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R21465310) AWMM

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07 September 2023Lorraine MonaGISBORNEResearcher
15 May 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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