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John Seabrook

Portrait of Captain John Seabrook, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 3 / F1446 61. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Captain John Seabrook, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 3 / F1446 61. Image is subject t …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Seabrook AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Jack AWMM
    • Yik AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ1081 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 January 1896 AWMM OaklandCalifornia AWMM
  • 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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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Seabrook was the eldest son of Albert David and Marion May Seabrook of 'Dreamwood Park', New Lynn, Auckland. Brother of Philip Seabrook.

    Husband of Doreen Mary Alexa nee Carr.

    He was educated at Avondale School and Auckland Grammar School in Lower Symonds Street.

    Served with Royal Flying Corps in France, 1916-17.

    Served with Royal Air Force in Middle East, 1918.

    Founded J Seabrook & Co. in 1919

    In 1927 he married Doreen M. Carr, daughter of C.E. Carr

    He was the winner of the first New Zealand aerial Derby in 1929. He was a member of the founding committee of the Auckland Aero Club from 1929. He served first as club captain, then as vice chairman and then vice president.

    Between the wars, Seabrook served as Officer Commanding (OC) of the RNZAF Auckland Squadron.

    He commanded the RNZAF Station, Whenuapai, 1940-41 and RNZAF Station, Hobsonville, 1942.

    Appointed Air Attache, Washington, DC and subsequently head of New Zealand Air Mission in Washington from 1942-43.

    His business interests included being chairman of Austin Distributors Federation (NZ) Ltd and Associated Motor Industries Ltd, Petone, from 1950-1959;

    Director, New Zealand Airways Corporation from 1952-1961;

    President of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Council from 1961-1963;

    Deputy chairman of the Blinded Servicemen's Trust Board; and he was also a member of both the Nature Conservation Council, Wellington and the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board.

    He served on the Board of Trustees of the New Zealand Institute for the Blind for 24 years.

    AWMM The Auckland War Memorial Museum Scars on the Heart 1 Gallery contains a photo of Captain John Seabrook standing in front of his BE C2 aircraft in the "Flying Aces" display. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 January 1985 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    RemueraAuckland AWMM
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  • Age at death
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  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block J Row 5 Plot 96 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 10 January 1985 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    New Lynn RSA, 2 Veronica Street, New Lynn 0600 AWMM

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