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Wilfred Hubert Smeaton

Takapuna War Memorial WW2 name panel 7 (photo John Halpin, July 2013) - CC BY John Halpin

Takapuna War Memorial WW2 name panel 7 (photo John Halpin, July 2013) - CC BY John Halpin


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Wilfred Hubert AWMM
  • Surname
    Smeaton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ405331 AWMM
    • WWII 405331 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
    Smith and Lucy Smeaton of Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ405331 AWMM
    • WWII 405331 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and 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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  • Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    22 May 1942 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England AWMM Grave 4179 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • As Wilf was my uncle we recéived copies of his frequent letters whilst he was training in Canada via Wilf's wife Sally. One of these letters described how he was in a group who decided to got to see the Niagara Falls. They were in a car that had its gear shift on the steering column. It was the first time any of them had ever seen the new fangled gadget. After they had completed their Canada based training they were moved to England. On one of their early, (perhaps the first) training flights there, their aircraft unfortunately flew into a hill and all the crew were killed. What a waste of lives! I have a recollection of seeing the telegram advising of his death. In those days they were hand delivered messages and were edged in black for that sort of news. In 1967 my wife Jean and I visited Buxton cemetery where their graves are. It was a well kept place.
    Public - James Ian - Other relative - 29 June 2020



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16 July 2020IanNelsonOther
29 June 2020James IanNelsonOther relative

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