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Roderick Neil Robert McDonald

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roderick Neil Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    McDonald AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
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  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
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    New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Service

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Biographical information

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  • SS Port Hunter was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U582 (Commanded by Schulte) in the Atlantic west of Madeira, in position 31 north 24 west while sailing independently on a voyage from Liverpool to Durban and Auckland via the Panama Canal. The submarine which was a part of HAI (Shark) patrol group of 6 U Boats. SS Port Hunter carried 5 passengers and general cargo, including ammunition. The ship was dispersed from convoy OS33 comprising 31 ships. The Master, Captain John B Bradley, 67 crew, 14 gunners and passengers were lost. Three crew were rescued by HMS Pelican AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    11 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 17 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Tower Hill Memorial, Trinity Square, London, England AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Lloyd's war losses : the Second World War. (1989-). (Vols. 1-2). London, England: Lloyd's of London Press. AWMM
    • Tennent, A. (2001). British and Commonwealth Merchant Ship Losses to Axis Submarines 1939-45. Gloucestershire, England: Sutton Publishing. AWMM
    • Rohwer, J. (1999). Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two. London, England: Greenhill Books. AWMM
    • Sharpe, P. (1998). U-boat fact file, 1935-1945. Earl Shilton, England: Midland Publishing. AWMM
    • Jones, G. P. (1975). Under three flags : the story of Nordmark and the armed supply-ships of the German navy. London, England: Corgi. AWMM
    • Lord, W. (1982). The miracle of Dunkirk. London, England: Allen Lane. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • Plummer, R. (1990). The ships that saved an army : a comprehensive record of the 1,300 "little ships" of Dunkirk. Northamptonshire, England: P. Stephens. AWMM
    • British merchant vessels lost or damaged by enemy action during Second World War, 3rd September 1939 to 2nd September 1945 AWMM
    • Hague, A. (2000). The allied convoy system, 1939-1945 : its organization, defence and operation. St Catharines, Ont.: Vanwell. AWMM
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