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Harold Stuart McKinnon

Portrait, Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    McKinnon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Stuart AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ415340 AWMM
    • WWII 415340 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 February 1911 AWMM AWMM
    Whangarei, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


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
  • 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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Harold McKinnon was the son of James and Annie McKinnon, of Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand

    Former first Town Clerk of Whangarei.

    Corporal McKinnon joined up the Coastal battery on the outbreak of war and later transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He was keenly interested in navigation and left for Canada to train as an observer.

    The circumstances of his death were vividly reported by one of his colleagues in a letter: "..three of our planes did not return. Two landed at aerodromes, but the third did not return at all. We have searched the whole of New Brunswick, assisted by US planes from Maine and the missing plane is now presumed lost. I'm afraid it went into the sea, due to engine failure or bad icing conditions during Monday night's storm."

    Over two months later the body of Corporal McKinnon was recovered from the sea and buried at Shediac, New Brunswick. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 April 1942 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    CanadaNorth America AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Shediac (Greenwood) Cemetery, New Brunswick, Canada AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol. 1 p. 195; vol. 3 p. 338 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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