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Full Name
Norman McLennan
Rank Last Held
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
Infantry Reinforcements
Last Unit Served
21Infantry Battalion
Place of Death
At sea
Date of Death
9 December,1941
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Killed whilst a prisoner of war on the Jason (Sebastiano Venier)
Cemetery Name
Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
Grave Reference
Special Memorial No. 11.
Biographical Notes
Son of Murdoch and Norah McLennan, of Thames, Auckland, New Zealand
Additional Information
  • In December 1941 the JASON ,an Italian cargo ship (also known as Sebastiano Venier) sailed from Benghazi with 2000 British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War. They had all been captured in North Africa and were to be transported to Prisoner of War camps in Italy. In the early afternoon of 9 December 1941 the Jason was torpedoed by the submarine H.M.S. Porpoise (commanding officer Lt. Commander E.F. Pizey). The ship did not sink but 500 POW's ( 45 of them were New Zealanders ) died as a result of the torpedoing.
  • Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.
Further References
No Honour No Glory by Spence Edge and Jim Henderson (page 182)
Sources Used
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:

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