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Ian Lowrie Gray

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Lowrie AWMM
  • Surname
    Gray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    36188 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 March 1919 AWMM MastertonWairarapa AWMM
    Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr John Gray (father), Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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


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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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  • Son of John and Ethel D. Gray of Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Pilot Officer Gray was well known in Auckland sporting circles. A versatile athlete, he was halfback for the Auckland intermediate Rugby representative team before he left for Wigram, and was a member of the Takapuna club intermediate team. He was opening batsman for the Takapuna Grammer School's 1st eleven, and during the 1937-38 season was a member of the North Shore Club's senior B eleven. He was a prominent swimmer and also a keen golfer.

    He was educated at the Vauxhall School and the Takapuna Grammer School.

    He received flying training at Mangere from the late Squadron-leader D.M. Allan, and in 1938 went to Wigram as a member of the of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, leaving there in March, 1939, for England to take a commission in the Royal Air Force. In the Royal Air Force he was engaged on the Irish Sea patrol, and was recently posted to a training station in Scotland for an intensive course in a large type of American bombers. He recently enjoyed some leave in England.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 May 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Wakatere Boating Club War Memorial Tower, Narrow Neck Beach, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna Grammar School War Memorial, (Foyer, Library), 210 Lake Road, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial Drive, 1939-1945, Devonport Memorial Drive, Auckland AWMM
    • Memorial Drive, Lake Road, Devonport, Auckland AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Roll of Honour, Takapuna Rugby Football Club, Onewa Domain, Takapuna AWMM

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20 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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