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Roy Leslie Alexander

Portrait, kindly provided by the Navy Museum (Copyright © Royal New Zealand Navy Museum. Photo number ABX 0110. All enquiries for use:

Portrait, kindly provided by the Navy Museum (Copyright © Royal New Zealand Navy Museum. Photo numbe …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Roy Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Alexander AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI MB1839 AWMM
    • WWI 1839 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 January 1897 AWMM RamaramaBombay 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
    • WW1 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/WWI AWMM
    • Single Public - Kaia - Other Relative - 21 April 2015 - Single


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
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 10 November 1916 AWMM Engineer/Military 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
    • 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.

    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 and 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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About death

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  • Death
    21 August 1918 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom 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



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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 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



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03 August 2018Online CenotaphAucklandResearcher
21 April 2015KaiaNew Zealand Auckland Other Relative
12 March 2015MICHAELUNITED KINGDOMResearcher

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