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Richard Augustine Murray Soar

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Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard Augustine Murray AWMM
  • Surname
    Soar AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Dick Soar AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ4210040 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 August 1924 AWMM RaetihiCentral Plateau AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre Aug 1942 AWMM Mayfield, Tanga Rd, Piriaka, via Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Gladys & Harold Soar (parents), "Mayfield", Tanga Rd, Piriaka, via Taumarunui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 17 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Attended 34 Service Flying Training School, Canada AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Aug 1942 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • 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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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart and renal failure AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • After WWII, Soar became an area manager for an aerial topdressing company as well as continuing to be a farmer.

    His headstone reads: Richard A.M. Soar. RNZAF P/O 4210040. 14 Squadron 1939-45. 1 - 8 - 1924 - 8 12 - 2005. Aged 81 years AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    8 December 2005 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    TakapunaNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM Block E, Row F, Plot 35 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 10-12 December 2005 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    Auckland Council cemetery records - North Shore, Rodney
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 10-12 December 2005 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

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