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Alexander McLaughlin

Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, WW2, Panel names Little John, W.L.G. - Moodie, W.A. (photo John Halpin, 2011) - CC BY John Halpin

Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, WW2, Panel names Little John, W.L.G. - Moodie, W.A. (photo Joh …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    McLaughlin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ422972 AWMM
    • WWII 422972 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

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  • Birth
    20 September 1917 RNZAF Biographies (R17845613) CarolelisAntrim RNZAF Biographies (R17845613)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Wife: Mrs. F. M. McLaughlin of Opotiki Wellington Street, Optiki AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. C. G. McLaughlinof County Antrim, Northern Ireland AWMM
  • Relationship status


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  • Capture details
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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Alexander McLaughlin was the son of Patrick and Catherine McLaughlin; husband of Phyllis McLaughlin. AWMM


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  • Death
    16 November 1944 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Mosside Presbyterian Churchyard, County Antrim, Northern Ireland AWMM Grave 169. AWMM
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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
    • Alexander McLaughlin did not attend Auckland Grammar School as either a student or a teacher.
      The reference to A. McLaughlen (note spelling) on the WW2 School War Memorial is to an Arthur McLaughlen, who entered the School in 1912, served in WW1 and survived and lived well past the end of WW2. This name is an error and will be removed from the School Memorial. Public - Peter - Researcher - 9 June 2020 - Below are the contents of my email reply to a Bryan Johnston ([email protected]) who enquired about Alexander McLaughlin, a WW2 RNZAF airman who was buried in Northern Ireland in 1944. He had found an A. Mclaughlen on our School War Memorial and thought he was that man.

      In Summary: The A. McLaughlen on the Auckland Grammar War Memorial is Arthur, not your Alexander, but anyway, appears to be wrong. Flight Sergeant Alexander McLaughlin RNZAF 422972 did not attend Auckland Grammar and was probably educated in Antrim, coming to New Zealand in 1938/9, where he eventually enlisted in the RNZAF. The Auckland War Memorial records for Flight Sergeant Alexander McLaughlin RNZAF 422972 are incorrect and I will let them know.

      Researching Flight Sergeant Alexander McLaughlin RNZAF 422972, has shown a number of errors.

      1.An "A. McLaughlen" is indeed shown on the Auckland Grammar WW2 Memorial.

      2.There is no record of an "A. McLaughlen" or any spelling variant in the original

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  • With thanks to Wynrae from Whakatane in the Beautiful Bay Of Plenty NZ for supplying the grave photographs.
    Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 15 May 2022



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  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ma - McW. Archives New Zealand (R17845613) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM


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12 January 2024WilliamThe Villages, Florida, USAOther relative
15 May 2022KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
09 June 2020PeterAucklandResearcher

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