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Full Name: Robert Rankin
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Robert
Surname: Rankin
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 15580
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs Margaret A. Rankin (mother), Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: 20 Braeview Crescent, Maori Hill, Dunedin, New Zealand
Military District: Dunedin
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: Infantry Reinforcements
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 392
Campaigns: Crete
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 2 June 1941
Age at Death: 22
Year of Death: 1941
Cemetery Name: Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference: 12. D. 7.
Biographical Notes: Robert Rankin was the son of William and Margaret Ann Rankin, of Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand.
Description of Image: Portrait from The Weekly News; 16 July 1941
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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