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William Alexander Stevenson Neil

Photograph of Squadron Leader W. Neil. From New Zealand Herald, Volume 82, Issue 25122, 8 February 1945. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ

Photograph of Squadron Leader W. Neil. From New Zealand Herald, Volume 82, Issue 25122, 8 February 1 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Alexander Stevenson AWMM
  • Surname
    Neil AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 118473 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 October 1912 AWMM FootscrayVictoria 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
    WW2 17 October 1940 AWMM Engineer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    embarked for Canada AWMM

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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Squadron Leader William Alexander Neil, embarked for Canada August 1941 where he recieved his Pilots Badge and promoted to Sergeant with Commission in December 1941. Returning to the UK later that month. Killed in Air Operations over Germany on the night of 6/7th December 1944.

    Eve Neil lost both of her sons, her only children in WWII. A relative writes "One of my mother's Stevenson aunts was Mrs. Eve Neil. She had two sons, her only children, both were killed in the Second World War. She and her husband Alexander Neil lived in Auckland for most of their married life and the sons grew up in Auckland. Her younger son, Irvine Neil (1321), was killed while serving as an engineer with the 2nd NZEF in Egypt and her older son, Squadron Leader William Alexander Stevenson Neil (118473) serving in the RAFVR as a pilot was killed while flying over Germany." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 December 1944 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany AWMM Coll. grave 6. K. 9-15. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Mount Albert Grammar School, Alberton Ave, Mount Albert Auckland 1025 AWMM
    • Northcote College, 1 Kauri Glen Rd, Northcote, Auckland 0627 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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