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Vernon Ross Smith

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Vernon Ross AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ415723 AWMM
    • WWII 415723 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


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ415723 AWMM
    • WWII 415723 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


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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Vernon Smith was the son of Richard B. Smith and Evelyne Blanche Smith, of Hamilton, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    16 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Illogan (St Illogan) Churchyard, Cornwall, England AWMM Row 2 Grave 18 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Genesis Christian College Memorial Plaque, 12-16 Youngs Crossing Road, Bray Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The Plaque is to honour the supreme sacrifice paid by eight young Australian Airmen and six young New Zealand Airmen lost in operations against the Axis powers in World War II who rest in the War Graves site of the St Illogan Parish Church in Illogan, Cornwall, England. The Pine Rivers National Serviceman established a link between Illogan School and Genesis Christian College to ens Public - Gregory - Other relative - 22 April 2022 - Personal sighting of the plaque of which we have photos

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  • Remembering you Uncle Vernon this ANZAC Day. We are so proud of your service yet full of sadness that you died just short of your 21st birthday and that we never had a chance to know you and you never had the chance to live the life you deserved. We are forever grateful that you gave your life for our freedom. Our children and grandchildren have loved reading the letters you sent to my Dad while he was a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany. They were especially amused by your signing off of your letters 'In the pink Vernon'. In our memories forever. Greg and Jean and family
    Public - Gregory - Other relative - 24 April 2020
  • Remembering you today Vernon, on this 100th ANZAC day. We have just read your letters home and are so sad you never made it home to see your family and died just days short of your 21st birthday. So sad I never got to meet you Uncle Vernon. We will remember you.
    Public - Gregory Redman - Other Relative - 25 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
22 April 2022GregoryBrisbane, Queensland, Australia Other relative
25 April 2020GregoryBrisbane, AustraliaOther relative
29 July 2019KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
25 April 2015Gregory Redman Brisbane, Australia Other Relative

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