"SEAMAN R. PICKIN. His friends in Palmerston North will regret the untimely death of Seaman Russell Pickin, of H.M.S. Achilles, which occurred in hospital in Auckland, on Wednesday last.
Seaman Pickin was aged 17 years and joined the Navy two years ago, receiving his early training on H.M.S. Philomel at the Devonport Naval Base, Auckland. Later, he joined H.M.S. Achilles as a gunner.
Seaman Pickin of Lombard Street, was educated at the Central School. He was very popular among his shipmates on the Achilles and many expressions of sympathy have been received from them by his father.
Seaman Pickin spent his last holidays in Palmerston North and had recently returned from a cruise of the Pacific Islands.
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Kelvin Grove cemetery. Rev. F. S. Ramson officiated at a service at the home in Lombard Street." Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 18 December 2019 - obituary; Manawatu Standard, Volume LIX, Issue 240, 9 September 1939; paperspast portal, National Library of New Zealand; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/MS19390909.2.13?end_date=31-12-1942&items_per_page=100&query=pickin&snippet=true&start_date=01-01-1938d