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Ivan Pardoe

Portrait of Able Seaman Ivan Pardoe, Auckland Weekly News, 7 November 1945. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19451107-26-7. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Able Seaman Ivan Pardoe, Auckland Weekly News, 7 November 1945. Sir George Grey Special …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ivan AWMM
  • Surname
    Pardoe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ3042 AWMM
    • WWII NZD3042 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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  • Rohe
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Civilian life

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  • Birth
  • 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
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  • Embarkation details

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  • Capture details
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Biographical information

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    • He was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Mary Pardoe, of Manutuke, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
    • Ivan served aboard HMS Dragonfly. After escaping Singapore and en-route to Sumatra the ship was sunk off Singkep Island. They survived many hours in the water and countless strafing attacks from the Japanese. The survivors including Ivan managed to get to the island and find a boat which they used to escape to Sumatra. Once they had arrived in Sumatra they walked across half of the Island until they reached a small town called Muaro. From here they caught a train to Padang. Sadly the last ship had left and it was here that the Japanese caught up with them. They were taken to Medan in north Sumatra to the Gloergoer camp. Ivan and 2 other Kiwis, Noel Betley and Lawrence Hurndell were marched to Aceh to construct a road. Once this was completed they were transported over land to a place called Petai. This was the location of a coal mine on the Pekanbaru Death Railway. Ivan and the Aceh party worked on laying the rails for this line. Sadly Ivan died on the 20th April 1945, only 4 months before the end of the war. He was buried at camp 14A. The railway was used by the Japanese until 1946 to transport supplies and keep them out of the hands of the Indonesian Independence Army but this to disappeared into the jungle within a few years. Although the majority of the dead on this line were exhumed and moved to memorials throughout Java, the grave where Ivan Pardoe, along with 16 other Australians, Dutch, and British from 14A was lost and this is where they remain. Public - Jeffery - Researcher - 5 February 2018 - Family letters written by friends of Ivan after the war;

      Pekanbaru Death Railway (2016) retrieved from
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About death

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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYT 8490 N1/426 (R21465792) AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. AWMM


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05 February 2018JefferyMasterton, New ZealandResearcher
20 February 2017Montess KuariWellington, NZDirect descendant

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