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Unknown AWMM Waiotemarama, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
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Mrs B. Smythe (wife), Waiotemarama, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 21 July 1943 AWMM Married AWMM
Married, 3 children AWMM
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Graham Smythe was born at Waimamaku, Hokianga.
He received his education at Waimamaku Native School and St Stephens Boys' College, Bombay. He was a member of the first XV and was outstanding in athletics. He was employed at the Waima base farm by the Native Department for some time and also under the late Mr T T Puriri on survey work in the Waimamaku area. Just before enlisting for overseas service he was farming.
He left behind a widow and three children. He was the only surviving son of Mr and Mrs F Smythe of Waimamaku.
He died of wounds received at Cassino.
Listed as Smyth on the Hokianga Memorial. Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers. AWMM
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
- Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
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I am the only living son of Graham Smythe and have always been proud that he along with so many other Heroes had laid down there lives so that we could live in freedom and peace,, though I was adopted out to the Hemara whanau as I got older I kept in close contact with my mother Anabella Smythe (TeWhiu) and my sisters Christina, Polly, and Anne it was then I found out through my mother the Hemara whanau are closely related, Norae ra taku Matua takato mai koutou, takato mai koutou kiraro Te Korowai Aroha O TeAtua, No raera, Haere, Haere, Haere atu koutou
Public - Garry - Direct descendant - 28 April 2019
Dear Great Great Granddad,
Words can't express how proud I am to be part of your Family... You laid your life down for us & for
that I will be forever indebted to you. Your courage & bravery will always remind me of what a true hero you are! I have your photo in my lounge & I have your memory in my heart forever.
Love John Matson xx
Public - John - Other Relative - 21 April 2015
We will always miss you and love you for ever!
Lots of Love, Your daughter Polly and whanau xx
Public - Jessica Yvonne - Other Relative - 20 April 2015
I am the 2nd eldest grand-daughter of Graham Smythe, mother is Ann (Puti) Maddigan (Smythe). Every year I remember the father my mother loved, and the man I have never met and am forever thankful of the sacrifice he made for future generations.
Public - Vicky - Other Relative - 19 April 2015
This is my Great Uncle, my whanau and I are so proud of him and sad that he did not get to return home. Our father caught up with Uncle Graham in Italy and we have a letter from him stating how overcome with emotion he felt when he saw our father arriving with the new batch of troops.
Public - Frances - Other Relative - 2 February 2015
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
WW2 12: WW2 180 AWMM
- Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
- Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
- Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
- Information kindly provided by family AWMM
|28 April 2019||Garry||Auckland||Direct descendant||
|21 April 2015||John||Brisbane||Other Relative||
|20 April 2015||Jessica Yvonne||Auckland New Zeland||Other Relative||
|19 April 2015||Vicky||Auckland, New Zealand||Other Relative||
|02 February 2015||Frances||Auckland||Other Relative||
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