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Richard Humphrey Duder

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 41), Page: 38 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 41), Page: 38 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard Humphrey AWMM
  • Surname
    Duder AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Humphrey AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 26581 AWMM
    • WWII NZ6549 AWMM
    • WWII 6549 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 October 1893 AWMM MelbourneVictoria AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Pre 1915 AWMM 42 Victoria Avenue, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 29 August 1940 AWMM 94 Ngataringa Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 A. Duder (father), 42 Victoria Avenue, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Next of Kin not known AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 23 September 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Messines AWMM
    • Passchendaele AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
  • Service number
    • WWI 26581 AWMM
    • WWII NZ6549 AWMM
    • WWII 6549 AWMM
  • Military service
    New Zealand Field Artillery, A Battery AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham from 29 May 1916 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 11.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      148 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Height, WWII AWMM
      5 feet 10.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, WWII AWMM
      10 stone 12 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, WWII AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Acute appendicitis, 2 NZ Field Ambulance, 5 July 1918 ; chronic appendicitis, 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullen, 5 July 1918 ; 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 7 July 1918 ; Medical Base, 8 July 1918. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      1918 dysentery AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Invalided to New Zealand on the Bhamo AWMM
    • Medical, WWI AWMM
      June 1919 enteritis, Rotorua in patient AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Albert and Edith Duder (nee Sanderson), his father was the Harbourmaster in Auckland.

    Husband of Isabella May Duder (nee Emslie).

    Before the First World War Mr Duder worked for J. M. Ranstead. Originally he wanted to join up with the engineers in the army but there were no vacancies, so eventually he was posted to H Company, 17 Reinforcements on 29 May 1916. He marched into Sling Camp, Salisbury Plains on 21 November 1916 and left for France 24 April 1917. Next he marched into Camiers on 26 April 1917, then was posted to D Company of the Machine Gun Corps 2 June 1917.

    In his own words to his daughter of his experience "I was shipped to France for the second Battle of the Somme. The great battle was that of Messines on 7 June 1917. On about the second day my gun was hit and two killed and some wounded, I was shellshocked but we carried the wounded to an advanced first aid station in an old German trench. After the first day I don't remember much for a while. ... When we were relieved after two or three nights of battle they got me back to a hospital, I was in and out of hospital in France. When I recovered they transferred me to the Battalion Headquarters behind the front near Ypres. ... I was updating plans and maps for our Battalion only, semi-secret work. ... Later I got a grumbling appendix."

    After being discharged from various hospitals, he was in time for Passchendaele "I was on Hill 60 the 2nd day of Passchendaele, the muddy day, with some artillery officers on an abandoned German pill box. They knew we were there and were shelling it but we managed to hide at the rear and were safe. From the top we could see the poor troops floundering around in the mud."

    Then he marched into NZ Infantry and General Base Depot, Etaples, 11 July 1918. From there he went to Torquay 1 August 1918. On Armistice Day he went to London to celebrate with a friend " We milled around Trafalgar Square, swapped hats and did ring-o-rosies etc. It was a wonderful occasion to be present at and we slept on the Embankment under a bridge. I went back to Hornchurch and from there to Codford to wait for a ship home." Finally he embarked for NZ on SS Bhamo from Glasgow on 10 March 1919 and arrived in NZ on 25 April 1919.

    He was an inspector with New Zealand Insurance. During World War II he was part of the NAPS (Naval Auxiliary Patrol Service) with many of his fellow Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron members. They used their own launches etc. to patrol the gap in the boom at the entrance of the harbour from North Head to Orakei.

    Duder's war reminiscences, as told to his daughter, Marianne Philson, in August - September 1984, are held in the Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection. [Ref. MS 2003/47]

    Some H Company sailed on the Devon AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 March 1988 AWMM
    Age 94 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Unpublished papers: family papers. AWMM
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      41: 38 AWMM
    • Philson, Marianne. War records and memories from Duder/Philson families, 1886 - 1999. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2003/47. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. AWMM

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