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Mervyn John Searle

Head shot of Pte Mervyn John SEARLE,

Pte Mervyn John SEARLE

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn John AWMM
  • Surname
    Searle AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    459631 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    31 August 1923 Public - Ian Edward - Direct descendant - 20 November 2022 - Family research
  • Place of birth
    Malvern, Canterbury, New Zealand Public - Ian Edward - Direct descendant - 20 November 2022 - Family records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    Farming labourer Public - Ian Edward - Direct descendant - 20 November 2022 - Family knowledge
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    May Isabell SEARLE (nee PINER) Public - Ian Edward - Direct descendant - 20 November 2022 - Family records
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1944 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    459631 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1944 2NZEF Nom. Roll 13, p.112 Farmer's labourer/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 13, p.112
    ChristchurchCanterbury 2NZEF Nom. Roll 13, p.112
  • 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John Searle and of May Isabell Searle (nee Piner), of Annat, Canterbury, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    24 December 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Ravenna War Cemetery, Italy AWMM V. C. 2. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • Never knew you Mervyn but both your parents were my Great Aunt and Great Uncle on the Piner side as well as the Searle side.

    I admire your courage and strength in fighting for a free world. Rest easy and be at peace.
    Public - Allison Margaret - Direct descendant - 17 June 2021



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.112 AWMM
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


Command item
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
26 February 2023Ian Edward BarryHavelock North, New ZealandOther relative
20 November 2022Ian EdwardHavelock North, New ZealandDirect descendant
17 June 2021Allison Margaret Sydney, Australia. Born Motueka New Zealand Direct descendant

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