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Henry Edwin Ash

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry Edwin AWMM
  • Surname
    Ash AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ414490 AWMM
    • WWII 414490 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 January 1922 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre Aug 1941 AWMM Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Aunt: Mrs S. Pailthorpe, 120 Mein Street, Newton, Wellington AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr T. H. Ash AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and 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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Henry Ash was the son of Thomas Henry Ash and Charlotte Ash (nee Muskett). He was the nephew of Mrs S. Pailthorpe of Wellington

      His Uncle, also named Henry Edwin Ash (33274), was killed in action at Passchendaele in WW1

      Attended Wellington Technical College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
    • Henry Ash was also a nephew of my mother, Rosebud F. L. Murphy (née Ash). Public - Patricia - Other relative - 25 April 2017 - Family history.
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About death

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  • Death
    12 March 1943 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Mediterranean 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
    Gibraltar Memorial AWMM

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  • I have his personal letters to my Mother Sarah Pailthorpe his Aunt and Next of Kin where Harry resided before departing for overseas.
    At the time of his death he had already forward funds / through the
    N.Z. Reserve Bank N.Z. Pounds for an engagement Ring for his intended. It was ultimately used with her agreement to be used for a Memorial headstone at Karori Cemetery also a Pearl ring as an everlasting memory for her of their friendship.
    Also amongst the letters, are letters from the Minister who conducted
    their funerals at sea.
    Public - Ernest - Other relative - 29 July 2021
  • Correct crew list:
    F/O. Brian Wallis Polson AUS/411641 RAAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed

    F/O. Harold James Crowe J/11646 RCAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed

    Sgt. Henry Edwin Ash NZ/414490 RNZAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed

    Sgt. Ronald Charles Granville Rickett AUS/412698 RAAF Age 20. Missing - believed killed
    Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 25 March 2021
  • Hi, I'm the niece of Brian Wallis Polson, who was the pilot of the ww2 bomber which crashed near Gibraltar, on which Henry was the wireless air gunner. I've been researching into Brian's war service and have been trying to find out the names of the crew who were on the bomber when it crashed. I've now found out that there was a crew of four, Brian and Ronald Charles Rickett were Australian, Henry and Harold James Crowe who was a Canadian. I'll be thinking of them all on the 25th April which is our ANZAC Day. Regards Lindi Kingdom
    Public - Lindi Arundel - Researcher - 18 April 2015

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Volume CXXXVII, Issue 60, 11 March 1944, Page 1 AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Volume CXXXVII, Issue 61, 13 March 1944, Page 1 AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Volume CXXXIX, Issue 60, 12 March 1945, Page 1 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
29 July 2021ErnestWellingtonOther relative
25 March 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
25 April 2017Patricia Lacombe, Alberta, Canada Other relative
18 April 2015Lindi ArundelSydney AustraliaResearcher

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