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Roy Leslie Alexander

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roy Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Alexander AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI MB1839 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 January 1897 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    New Zealand Public - Kaia - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Nz kiwi
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Thomas A. Alexander (father), Ramarama via Drury, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Father Public - Kaia - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Father
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 15 November 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Single Public - Kaia - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Single

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) AWMM
    DSM. London Gazette 23/7/1918 p. 8592 no. 30807. Awarded for action 22/23 April 1918 at Zeebrugge and Ostend on the Arrogant (CMB19) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 10 November 1916 AWMM Engineer/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in Action, 23 April 1918 NP4018. AWO 2428/25.7.18 AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      Peritonitis and heart failure following wounds received in action AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Roy Alexander enlisted for duration of hostilities

    He embarked as a Motor Mechanic and was promoted to Chief Motor Mechanic 1 December 1917

    The service record at Kew has the following information about his base (Hermione) and service in chronological order it included:

    Hermione (initial training)

    Hermione (Coastal Boat)

    Victory X (Coastal Boat 16)

    Further information can be found at National Archives (UK), Kew.
    Arrogant (Coastal Boat)

    Zeebrugge 9th April 1918 - 31st May 1918 (during which he received the DSM)

    Hermione

    Excerpt from Sir Roger Keyes, first dispatch. "The daring way in which the crews of these boats approach the shore, drawing the beams of the searchlights and the fire of the guns, then escaping in their own smoke, is splendid. Lieutenant Francis Harrison, who commanded the Ostend section of C.M.B.s, mentions the name of Sub-Lieutenant Frank A.W. Ramsay (C.M.B.19) for his coolness and quickness in laying the inshore calcium buoys under heavy machine-gun fire." (Keyes, R. (1919).

    His medals are held by Papakura RSA

    Remembered on the Drury-Runciman Memorial

    Remembered on the Papakura - Karaka War Memorial

    RNVR - Palmer recruit joined in Auckland 1916. Died aged 20 from wounds sustained in the Zeebrugge Raid 23 April 1918 - HMS Hermione Awarded the DSM for his part in the raid gazetted 19 July 1918 AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    21 August 1918 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery, England AWMM F.5847 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Papakura - Karaka War Memorial, Great South Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
    • Drury-Runciman Memorial, near Drury Hall, New Zealand AWMM
    • St David's Church, 68 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023 AWMM

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  • See my website www.southend19141918.co.uk for photograph of Memorial Stone and historical information on R.L.Alexander. 'Churches, Cemeteries + Other Memorials Section , sub-section 43. Any information required may be taken from my website and used - subject to acknowledgement being made if information is subsequently re-published Thank you Michael Eighteen Southend-on-Sea Essex UK.
    Public - MICHAEL - Researcher - 12 March 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      45: 22 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Ceremony at Papakura: fallen soldiers honoured - address by the Governor. (1921, 6 June). New Zealand Herald. AWMM
    • White ensign: Royal New Zealand Navy Museum heritage journal AWMM
      Wynd, M. (2008, Autumn). Chief Motor Mechanic: Roy Alexander. White Ensign. p. 11 AWMM
    • Attestation papers are held at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton AWMM
    • McEwan, J. (1995). Auckland Rockies : a history of Auckland's Naval Reserves from 1858-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Pyramid Press. AWMM
    • Maxwell, G. S. (n.d.). The Motor Launch Patrol. London and Toronto: J. M. Dent and Sons, Limited. AWMM
    • Terry, C. S. (1919). Ostend and Zeebrugge April 23: May 10, 1918. The Dispatches of Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, K.C.B., K.C.V.O. And other Narratives of the Operations. London, New York [etc.]: Oxford University Press, H Milford. AWMM

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