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Jack Ryland Franks

Portrait, Jack Ryland Franks (455596), aged 21 yrs. Taken in Maadi Camp, 1944. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Jack Ryland Franks (455596), aged 21 yrs. Taken in Maadi Camp, 1944. - This image may be s …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack Ryland AWMM
  • Surname
    Franks AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    455596 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 October 1922 AWMM OtāhuhuAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 October 1941 AWMM Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Franks (mother), Karaka Road, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 January 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    455596 AWMM
  • Military service
    3 Auckland Regiment CRO AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1 October 1941 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Farmer/ Mechanic/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded twice. Taken to British hospital first time and NZ General Hospital second time. Carried shrapnel near a main artery for the rest of his life. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart disease AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains photocopies of a war diary (1944), letters and press cuttings relating to the war service of Private Franks. [Ref. MS 2006/50]

    Listed as truck driver on the embarkation roll AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    14 February 1997 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Gatland Road Cemetery, Drury, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 15 February 1997 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Karaka War Memorial Hall, 319 Linwood Rd, Karaka 2580 AWMM

Roll of Honour

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Leave a tribute or memory of Jack Ryland Franks

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  • Jack was my maternal grandfather, a great man who I loved and respected immensely, he was an honourable man who all that knew him respected. I miss the times sitting with him in the conservatory talking, and one of my biggest regrets is not going to see him in hospital even if it was against his wishes
    Love you grandad and my respect to all of the greatest generation
    Public - Glenn Robert - Direct descendant - 5 October 2017



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  • External links
    Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 13: WW2 12 AWMM
    • Franks, Jack Ryland. Papers relating to war service, 1944 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2006/50. AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice:15 February 1997 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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05 October 2017Glenn RobertMt Maunganui New ZealandDirect descendant

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