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Russell Denis Pickin


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Russell Denis AWMM
  • Surname
    Pickin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 1516 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
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  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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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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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 1516 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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  • Embarkation details

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    6 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 18 December 2019 - Death notice; Manawatu Standard, Volume LIX, Issue 238, 7 September 1939; paperspast portal, National Library of New Zealand.
  • Cause of death
    • Killed on Active Service AWMM
    • illness Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 18 December 2019 - personal notification; Manawatu Standard, Volume LIX, Issue 234, 2 September 1939;
      paperspast portal, National Library of New Zealand;
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM 14. 5. G. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    "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;
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18 December 2019SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher

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