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Full Name: Melville Clark Rice
Rank Last Held: Captain
Forename(s): Melville Clark
Surname: Rice
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 7191
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 8 July 1904
Place of Birth: Invercargill, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Captain
Occupation before Enlistment: Town clerk and company secretary
Next of Kin: Mrs M.A. Rice (wife), Wyndham, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: Wyndham, New Zealand
Military District: Invercargill
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit: 20th Canterbury and Otago Battalion
Embarkation Date: 5 January 1940
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Destination: Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 152
Military Awards: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: 22 May 1941
Age at Death: 36
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference: 12. E. 13.
Biographical Notes: Melville Rice was the son of Stanley and Ellen Marcia Mitchell Rice, of Wyndham, Southland; husband of Mavis Mary Rice, of Wyndham.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait from The Weekly News; 9 July 1941
  • Headstone, Suda Bay War Cemetery (2006)
Further References: Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL: http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-20Ba.html
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Pringle, D., Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL: http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-20Ba.html
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
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