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Roderick William McDonald

Headstone, Waikumete Cemetery (photograph S. Lees 15 February 2009) - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone, Waikumete Cemetery (photograph S. Lees 15 February 2009) - No known copyright restriction …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roderick William AWMM
  • Surname
    McDonald AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 12/1729 AWMM
    • NZ402602 AWMM
    • A402602 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 October 1886 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 14 December 1914 AWMM Rawhiti, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 23 July 1940 AWMM Rawhiti, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • William McDonald (father), Rawhiti, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
    • Florence McDonald (wife), Rawhiti, Bay of Islands, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of disease AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William and Isabella McDonald of Waipu

    Husband of Florence Ethel nee Hunter (d.1924) and then Shona Effie (nee Langman) of Waiheke

    Died of illness at Auckland Public Hospital, having been admitted three months earlier

    Gave birth year as 1887 for WW1 and 1892 for WW2. Headstone records rank as Sergeant, his last rank in WW1 and age as 50 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2 February 1943 AWMM
    Age 51 AWMM
    GreenlaneAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Presbyterian, Block D, Row 5, Grave 18 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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01 July 2020Fraser RobertAuckland, New ZealandChild
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