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Rex Tawhata Mathieson

Formal group photo: [Class 81 N (2), No. 7 Air Observers School, 1943]. - This image may be subject to copyright

Formal group photo: [Class 81 N (2), No. 7 Air Observers School, 1943]. - This image may be subject …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rex Tawhata AWMM
  • Surname
    Mathieson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ4213267 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 October 1923 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 24 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Lurline AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Parents : Mr & Mrs T.B. Mathieson, of New Plymouth, New Zealand.

    Educated at New Plymouth Convent & New Plymouth Boys' High School.

    Was a member of the Aerodrome Defence Unit at Ashburton for 5 months from October 1942.

    Awarded Air Observers Badge, and promoted to Sergeant on 10 December 1943.

    Promoted to Flight Sergeant June 1944.

    At the time of his death he was navigator in an Avenger which was engaged in a strike against anti-aircraft gun positions near Tobera runway. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Both crew , Mathieson and Fl/Sgt A.F. Walker are thought to have lost their lives.

    His squadron in Bougainville completed 12 major and 12 minor strikes on enemy installations at Rabaul, Simpson Harbour, Vunapope, and Kieta Aerodrome area. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1944 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea AWMM Joint grave C8. A. 11-12. AWMM
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01 October 2018AndrewWellingtonResearcher
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