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Reginald Jones

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Portrait Reginald Jones - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald AWMM
  • Surname
    Jones AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 62285 AWMM
    • WWII 64485 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
    WW2 14 Turakina Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr L. Jones (brother), 14 Turakina Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 62285 AWMM
    • WWII 64485 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Joiner/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before 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 or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
    Executed by Japanese AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Son of Alfred Jones and of Mary Jones (nee McMahon), of Auckland City, New Zealand.

    Letter to Miss C. Jones, 31 Harewood St., Hamilton; Reginald's sister.

    C/o The Secretariat, Ocean Island, Nov. 2nd 1941.

    Dear Clara,

    Yours of the 21.7.41 to hand. It took quite a while to catch me up as the day on which it was written I moved on a bit further from home.

    From that date on I was more or less travelling around the Pacific ocean. I thoroughly enjoyed it all, and finally almost a month to the day after sailing I arrived at my new location. I am on an island with two other N.Z. chaps and ours is a coast watching job. Of course I am unable to tell you just where it is, but at least I may give you some of my impressions.

    We anchored outside the coral reef about midday. There was just a nice swell on the seas which is very deep quite close to the reef. Immediately the ship's crew began unloading our stores into open boats which when full were towed ashore with us sitting atop. We came through about a mile of the open sea, to an entrance into a kind of lagoon. We could see the sea bed fully thirty feet down, the water was so clear. Another remarkable thing is the colour of the sea which varies in patches from a deep purple in the deepest parts to the palest blues and greens according to the depth and the nature of the sea-bed. On arriving at the shore we were met by the native population of the island. They number between two and three hundred and for the most part clothed only in grass skirts, the men nearly all carrying huge knives about eighteen inches to two feet long. Gawd's truth thought I, where the heck have I landed.

    The natives carried our stores up to the house we were to occupy and clustered around while we were busy unpacking and checking up. I thought them an infernal nuisance as when I wished to go from one part of the house I generally had to rush between half a dozen brown smelly bodies. Finally we got some sort of order out of the chaos and were able to get rid of the natives and get to bed about eleven o'clock. Next morning on waking up at 6.30 there they were again. This went on for weeks gradually diminishing in numbers until we had half a dozen or so about the place all the time. Finally I appealed to the native government which took immediate steps and now we have comparative privacy.

    There are only three or four who speak english so consequently we have had quite a bit of fun trying to convey out conversation to them. They are treating us very well with fish and occasionally pork and poultry. We usually give something in return. They put an enormous value on tobacco but unfortunately we did not come prepared for that.

    We came prepared to do all our own cooking and work, but could have a dozen servants if we wanted them. As it is we have two men who do most if the work under my supervision and they look after us like mothers.

    There are tons of good fish here and rather good swimming facilities of which we avail ourselves to the fullest extent.

    The climate is rather warm at times but now and again we get some decent breezes and as we live on the prevailing wind side of the island we receive the full benefit of them.

    This island itself is not very big. We have been right around it several time. There is a kind of road extending almost the full length, but apart from a few bicycles the [sic] are no vehicles of any kind. The island is perfectly flat and for the most part is covered with coconut trees and a few other trees of not much value.

    All the houses are built of thatch and do not have walls to them, but ours has walls constructed of sticks tied together. We have two rooms and there is a verandah running right around. Altogether we are quite comfortable and are doing well. We also have our washing done for us and it is brought back ironed and nicely finished, so you see we are not badly done by.

    Well Clara I must close now as I have a lot more to write and not much time to catch the next mail out. Glad you are keeping busy and you seem very comfortable in your flat. Cheerio. Love from Reg.

    Service number 64485 listed on the Nominal Roll AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 42 AWMM
    Pacific AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Betio Memorial, Tarawa, Kiribati AWMM
    • Hamilton War Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM
    • Tarawa Coastwatchers Memorial AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
      Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 184 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      "Tarawa Outrage, Massacre by Japanese", 23 Oct 1944 (copy of article in ACF27569) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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