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Peter Thurston Medhurst

Portrait 1941(kindly provided by the Medhurst family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait 1941(kindly provided by the Medhurst family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter Thurston AWMM
  • Surname
    Medhurst AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 August 1919 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs S.D.S. Medhurst (mother), 34 St Stephens Avenue, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 2 February 1940 AWMM Accountant/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of George Richard and Gertrude Dagmar Gould Medhurst, of Auckland

    Attended King's College 1929-33 where he was a member of Parnell House. He was a keen rugby player and played for the school, Auckland University and the Harlequins (UK). He was also a member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

    He enlisted while in the United Kingdom and trained as a fighter-pilot and he was attached to Fleet Air Arm.

    Peter died at sea. He was a passenger with his girlfriend aboard the Laconia which was sunk by torpedo 12 September 1942. Peter, his girlfriend and 65 others were aboard a lifeboat and suffered terribly from thirst. All but 16 perished. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire, England AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • A poppy today to remember my Uncle - a fellow Kings old boy, accountant, yachtsman and pilot.
    Public - William John NEWSHAM - Other relative - 25 April 2019



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Memories AWMM
      Newsham, J. (2010). The Laconia incident: John Newsham relates his uncle's involvement with the wartime Cunard Liner. Memories, AWMM
    • Allison, D. (2009). Flying Navy: The story of New Zealanders who flew in the Fleet Air Arm in World War I and World War II and the Roll of Honour of those who died in action and on active service. Auckland, N.Z.: Fleet Air Arm Museum of New Zealand. AWMM
      p.101 AWMM
    • New Zealand Memories AWMM
      Newsham, J. The Laconia incident. In New Zealand Memories. (2010). The best of New Zealand memories. p. 250-253, includes portraits AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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25 April 2019William John NEWSHAMGisborneOther relative
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