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William Ralph McComb

Portrait, P/O William Ralph McComb in uniform, 1938 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, P/O William Ralph McComb in uniform, 1938 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Ralph AWMM
  • Surname
    McComb AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ40241 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 May 1912 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 93 East Tamaki Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Ralph McComb (father), 93 East Tamaki Rd, Papatoetoe, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 July 1937 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ40241 AWMM
  • Military service
    Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant with Royal Engineers, Territorial Forces prior to WWII. AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    Carpenter/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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to York Hospital suffering from suspected meningitis (cerebro-spinal), 24 January 1940 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Meningitis AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Pilot Officer McComb was the son of Ralph and Marian McComb, of Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand. Family lived on Waiheke Island He was raised Presbyterian and attended Auckland Grammar School, where he matriculated.

    In 1937, Pilot Officer McComb was one of 300 New Zealanders to apply for the RAF 4-Year Short Service Commission. He was one of 18 to be selected. He left for England in July 1937.

    On 24 January 1940, Pilot Officer McComb was found wandering in the corridor near his quarters in a delirium, suffering from great head and neck pain. He was taken to York Hospital, where he was diagnosed with cerebro-spinal meningitis. He died two days later.

    McComb was due to be discharged from RAF service in 1941. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 January 1940 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    YorkYorkshire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Driffield Cemetery, Yorkshire, England AWMM Grave 6125 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Unpublished papers: family papers AWMM

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