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John Alexander Grierson

Image of memorial stone at Purewa Cemetery provided by Paul F. Baker November 2011. - This image may be subject to copyright

Image of memorial stone at Purewa Cemetery provided by Paul F. Baker November 2011. - This image may …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Grierson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ405256 AWMM
    • WWII 405256 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
    Mr Charles Kirkpatrick Grierson (father), 28 Epsom Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ405256 AWMM
    • WWII 405256 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Awatea AWMM

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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Grierson was the son of Charles Kirkpatrick Grierson and Elsie Vera Grierson, of Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    7 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Benson (or Bensington) (St Helen) Churchyard Extension, Oxfordshire, England AWMM Row D. Grave 10. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Advice that their son, Pilot-Officer John Alexander Grierson, has lost his life in an aircraft accident in England has been received by Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Grierson, of 28 Epsom Avenue, Epsom.

    Pilot-Officer Grierson, who was 21, was a pupil of the Auckland Grammar School. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force last December, and after training at Levin and Whenuapai he went to Canada and then to England.

    At the flying training school that he attended in Canada Pilot-Officer Grierson gained the highest marks in navigation awarded since the school started in 1935. Before his enlistment he was with the firm of A. and J. Grierson and Browne, public accountants, and shortly before leaving New Zealand, when he had reached the age of 21, he was admitted as a member of the New Zealand Society of Accountants. News of his promotion from the rank of leading-aircraftman to pilot officer was received just a month ago. " Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 6 February 2016 - National Library of New Zealand; Paperspast portal; New Zealand Herald, Volume 78, Issue 24144, 10 December 1941, Page 6;
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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06 February 2016SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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