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Owen Herbert Mead

Portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Mead, wounded
Portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Mead, wounded AWMM


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Owen Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Mead AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 6/296 AWMM
    • WWII 50745 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 January 1892 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM Blenheim, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Unknown AWMM C/o Headquarters, Southern Military District, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Edward Mead (father), Blenheim, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs B. Mead (wife), Paraparaumu Beach, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • 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
    Lost at sea in an air accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Owen Mead was the son of Edward and Flora Mead; husband of Barbara Mead (nee Loughman)

    Assistant Provost Marshal

    Commanding Officer (CO) of 1 Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, 12 October 1917

    Commanding Office of 3 (Reserve) Battalion

    Discharged from NZEF to Reserves in February 1920

    Commander of Southern Military District (SMD), 1940

    General Officer Commanding (GOC) of New Zealand Forces in the Pacific, March 1942

    Lost at sea while in transit from Fiji to Tonga in a Hudson aircraft of 4 Squadron, RNZAF on 25 July 1942

    Listed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission with date of death as between 01/07/1942 and 31/07/1942 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 50 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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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • The Auckland Officer's Club, Newmarket, Auckland, Roll of Honour AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Officers' Club Auckland, The Northern Club, 19 Princes Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Borough of Blenheim Roll of Honour, Marlborough Museum. 26 Arthur Baker Pl, Redwoodtown, Blenheim 7201 AWMM
    • Marlborough War Memorial, Second World War Panel AWMM

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  • I have just started researching about Owen Herbert Mead and I found him really interesting. I have learn't a whole lot already.
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