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Full Name: Reuben Prendergast
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Reuben
Surname: Prendergast
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 14823
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs I.M. Prendergast (mother), Te Pahu, Frankton, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: C/o C. Ceow, Horotiu, Hamilton, New Zealand
Military District: Hamilton
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: Infantry Reinforcements
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 386
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 25 May 1941
Age at Death: 21
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference: 2. A. 15.
Biographical Notes: Reuben Prendergast was the son of John Augustine and Ivy Margaret Prendergast, of Te Pahu, Auckland, New Zealand.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait from The Weekly News; 6 August 1941
  • Headstone at Suda Bay War Cemetery. Photograph by M. Newcombe
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
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