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Raymond Thomson Porter

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Group, WW2, 1941, 5 soldiers standing, some smoking, leaning against vehicle, machine gun in background. Message on back "Dear Mum, This snap was taken on the Cairo-Alexandria road when we were returning from Gierabub, Mar '41. Reading from left to right: Self [Ray Porter (14265)], Martin Crawford (in background), Jack Job (508), Bill Forbes, Jack Shepherd and Allan Nutt (14550). Love Ray xxx" - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, WW2, 1941, 5 soldiers standing, some smoking, leaning against vehicle, machine gun in backgro …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Raymond Thomson AWMM
  • Surname
    Porter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ray AWMM
  • Service number
    14265 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 November 1915 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    Son of Francis Edward & Helen PORTER of Tokomaru Bay Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 31 July 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 172 Lowe Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr F.E. Porter (father), Hautaroa, Tokomaru Bay, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown AWMM Single AWMM
    • 1947 Raymond Thomson PORTER married Euphemia Mary REID Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 31 July 2023 - NZ BDM Marriage records

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Mechili, Libya AWMM
      22 Nov 1941-29 April 1945 AWMM
      Road watching, Long Range Desert Group AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 35, Padula, Italy AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VII-A, Moosburg, Germany AWMM
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Oflag V-A, Weinberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 47, Modena, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 29 April 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 28528 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 feet AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Raymond (Ray) Porter was taken by the Italians to Bengazi, where he met his brother, Major Frank Porter (4787), who was also taken POW. They and several other officers hatched a plan to steal a truck and escape.

    As Porter had a slight knowledge of the area, he was made a temporary officer. Unfortunately, things didn't work out and they were shipped to Italy on a destroyer.

    Porter stayed an officer while a POW - partly because the Germans did not insist the officers work - and studied German while in Italy. He became camp interpreter when they were moved to Germany.

    Raymond (Ray) Porter and his brother Francis (Frank) Robert Porter (4787) managed to stay together for the duration of their captivity, which was great for their morale as they were able to share letters and parcels.

    Two other brothers also served in the Pacific.

    Ray married in 1947 and had two sons.

    Listed as a POW 13 December 1941 as Temporary Lance Corporal in New Zealand, 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force. [1945]. Germany and German occupied territories

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection holds papers relating to Porter's war service. [Ref. MS 200/24] AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    19 December 1985 AWMM
    Age 70 AWMM
    KawakawaBay of Islands AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 21 December 1985 AWMM
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Both Sons Safe Mr. and Mrs. E. Porter, Tokomaru Bay, have received cable messages from both their sons stating their safe arrival in England from prison camp in Germany. Frank who sailed with the First Echelon in January, 1940, was a member of the 25th Wellington Battalion, taking part in the Battle for Greece and the Libyan campaign, and being taken prisoner at Sidi Rezegh in November. 1941. Before enlisting he was on the staff of the Bank pf New South Wales. Ray, who sailed in December 1940, was a member of the Long Range Desert Group, being taken prisoner at the close of 1941. Before enlisting he was on the staff of Messrs.' Dalgety and Company Limited. The brothers met in a prison cage and have spent their long captivity together in Italy and Germany
    REF: GISBORNE MEN - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXII, ISSUE 21718, 21 MAY 1945, PAGE 4
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Sources

Sources

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  • References
    • L.R.D.G. Membership Roll February 1970. Long Range Desert Group (N.Z. Association). Auckland Museum EPH-W2-11-27. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 383 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: 21 December 1985 AWMM
    • Porter, Raymond Thomson. Papers relating to war service, 1941 - 1947. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2006-24. AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • L.R.D.G. Membership Roll February 1970. Long Range Desert Group (N.Z. Association). Auckland Museum EPH-W2-11-27. AWMM
    • O'Carroll, B. (2000). The Kiwi scorpions : the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group. Devon, England: Token Publishing. AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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