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John Pierce Upton

Portrait of Sub Lieutenant John Pierce Upton, Auckland Weekly News, 29 April 1942. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19420429-22-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Sub Lieutenant John Pierce Upton, Auckland Weekly News, 29 April 1942. Auckland Librarie …


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    John Pierce AWMM
  • Surname
    Upton AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 April 1913 AWMM AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Marion Henderson Upton (wife), Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    Navy AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Solicitor/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • John Upton was the son of Percy Henry and Florence Sarah Nihill Upton. He was the husband of Marion Henderson Upton of Remuera.

    Attended Kings College 1926-1930 where he was a member of School House.

    He graduated LLB at Auckland University and joined the staff of Messrs Russell McVeagh.

    He was a keen sportsman and photographer with a special devotion to yachting as a member of the RNZ Yacht Squadron.

    He volunteered for naval service and left for Singapore in November 1940 to serve in Coastal Defence craft and early in 1942 a motor vessel.

    Commanded the motor vessel HMS Fanling, carrying evacuees and a number of army staff officers, the ship was intercepted by a Japanese cruiser in the Banka Strait, Sumatra. She opened fire with her four-pounder gun but was quickly sunk. Upton was killed in this action. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    16 February 1942 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Banka StraitsSumatra AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • King's College Golf Ave, Otahuhu, Auckland 1062 AWMM
    • St. Aidans Church, 5 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland 1050 AWMM

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