Reginald Grant HALL
20 Sept 1912 - 23 July 1998

1912 born 20th Sept. Bollinhurst Lodge,
Lyme Park, Macclesfield, Chester.
4th eldest of 6 children.

Birth Certificate

1918 Reggie was out of school and playing with the other two..(Fred & Stan?)

c1921 After the War, the family was living at
Disley, Chester in a house called Drake Carr.

1921 emmigrated with whole family to
New Zealand.(Assisted by
NZ archives ref SS1/547-T5376
excerpt of the passenger list
Sailed on the RMS Athenic

Started school in Paeroa.
Then when the family moved to Thames,
he finished his schooling at Thames South School.
1926 played rugby for the school.


1928 Left school and went farming in Paeroa for a year

1929 -35

Returned to Thames where he took up
an Engineering apprenticeship at
A & G Price, (Foundary & Boilermakers), till he was 23yrs.


1932 Active member of the St Johns Ambulance Brigade.
Main picture shows Reg, back row, 2nd from left.
His brother Fred is on Reggie's left

1934 Reggie's parents separate and along with his siblings,
help their mother to buy a home, 9 Edward Street,Thames.
Picture shows Reg, (left), with eldest
son Ron outside the house C:1993

1935 Finishes his apprenticeship and
heads to the NZ Railways Workshops in Lower Hutt.

1935 -1938 12 Jan
Finishes his employment with NZ Railways.

1939 31 Dec 1938
Working for the Westfield Freezing Works
still in employ 14 Jan 1939.


Leaves Westfield, to join the Merchant Navy
Sits his 3rd Class Marine Certificate.
Travels to London to take on a berth.

Visits Drake Carr - Disley

1941 -
War Service with the Merchant Navy.
Click here for pictures of these ships.
28 Nov 1940-27 Oct 1941 M.V. AORANGI 10th Engineer
28 Oct 1941-14 July 1942 M.V. AORANGI 9th & 7th Engineer
14 Oct 1942-11 Nov 1942 S.S. AWATEA 12th Engineer
(further info regarding the AWATEA, sunk by enemy fire 11-11-1942)
5 Jan 1943-29 May 1943 M.V. Dunster Grange 6th Engineer
29 Sept 1943-5 Feb 1944 M.V Tolten 6th then 5th Engineer
6 Feb1944-17 Aug 1944 M.V. Tolten 5th then 4th Engineer
26 Oct 1944-8 May 1945 M.V Eastern Prince 1st Jnr Engineer
4 Jun 1945-22 Jan 1946 M.V. Carnarvon Castle Jnr 5th Engineer
15 March 1946 Discharged from the Merchant Navy.
(termination of War Service)
M.V. Carnarvon Castle
was the last Merchant Ship to serve the war for the Allies.

medals awarded from WW2

1943 12th June Married at Glasgow registry Office.

1946 Reg returns to New Zealand after the war via Australia.
Cathie follows later.

1947 - 1955 After the war Reg worked for the
Auckland Gas Works.

back row right).


Lived in a rented house supplied
by the Auckland Gas Works,
385 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland.


1957 After being offered employment with his brother Stan
Reg resigns the Gas Works and shifts to Rotorua.
The first year living at Ngongataha, working for Stan
in the Clothing Business as a sewing machine mechanic.
House was rented at Reeme Street, Ngongataha.

1959 Moved to the new home built at
174 Otonga Road, Rotorua..

1998 23rd July Passed away peacefully
at Rotorua Hospital aged 85yrs.
Cremated at Rotorua Crematorium

Death Certificate


His ashes were scattered around his garden at
174 Otonga Road, Rotorua. No placque or memorial
stone has been raised according to his wishes.

After his wifes death in 2009, the family included Reg
on her memorial plaque.

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