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Wednesday, 30 Apr 2008 13:34:26
Michelle Orai (Theorais@aol.com / no home page)
Firstly I would like to say how much I enjoyed your site, I found it
through a search engine.
A couple of years ago my Mum passed away, and when sorting through her
things we came across a journal written by my father who died in
1968...it makes for interesting reading, unfortunately he didn't finish
it but it does mention his journey on the Rangitiki, from
Liverpool on the 26th July 1942 with the RAF. He mentions that
they held a concert party and the first show was in
Freetown Harbour and it was a huge success, I attach a copy of
the programme for you to see.
I don't know whether this will ring any bells for any one out there but
I hope it will be seen by people who remember it. I would dearly love
to hear from anyone who has any memories of my father - his name was
Neville Graydon Lewis and he was from
Wales. They are some names mentioned on the programme and it
would be fantastic to hear from someone who has shared memories.
Please let me know if you find this of interest...I could copy out the
journal with regards his journey if this is the case, please do not
hesitate to get in touch with me.
Very best regards,
21 April 2008 09:32:32
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Wonderful website Richard
My American cousin and I are searching a relative who emigrated to NZ.
His surname was JARVIS and an Alfred Jarvis sailed from
Wellington aboard RANGITIKI on 25th May 1939.
Do you know where the records of passengers are kept and where in NZ
we need to go to find out where he lived?
Hope you can help.
Living in Cheshire, England
Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 12:50:01
(firstname.lastname@example.org) / no home page)
Have just read your memories section and
thanks for your efforts.What is quite a coincidence is the Baur au Lac
hotel in Zurich.My wife and I stayed there for five days in 1984 so
seeing the photos again certainly brought back very pleasant memories.
Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 12:50:01
Lynn Chesterman (email@example.com / no home page)
Thank you for you information on Rangitiki.
I have been searching for some time for any information and exact date of
my arrival in NZ.
With the help of NZ Archives I now know I arrived with my mother on the
Rangitiki on 6 December 1946. My father was in the RNZAF and met my
mother in England - I think 1943. My mother had told me about the trip we
made out to NZ but I only found out which ship in an old letter recently.
Just in case someone can help or was on the same voyage, my mother's name
was Mary (Mollie) Johnston
her maiden name was Fawcett, and
my name is Lynne Paula
(now Chesterman). Arriving in
6 December 1946. My Father was Bruce Gibb Johnston
in the RNZAF.
I remember my mother telling me we shared a cabin with
Alma Henderson (a Scottish Lady)
with two children. A daughter Ann, and son Derrie. I know we kept in
contact with the family who lived in Thorndon,
when I was young. Not sure where they are now. Just another little
bit of information. Also my father had an older brother Ian, who was in
the Navy overseas during the war. I don't know very much about his past
but will be looking into it as I have heard his daughter was going to
write a book about him.
I thank you for your site and will continue to read any up-dates. Hope
one day to hear from another passenger who came out on this same trip.
Lynne Chesterman (Picton,
91 Date: Thursday, 13 Dec 2007
Steve Bowler (firstname.lastname@example.org / no home page)
As one gets older I would guess that it comes to
us all that we must try and find out about our fathers and forefathers. My
father, to be frank, was an awkward SOB, who took no BS from anyone.
He ran away from home in Mansfield Notts when he was 14 and signed up in
to the Merchant Navy as a boy sailor.
He served in the Merchant Navy throughout the second world war and left
the service in 1947 because he did not agree with the unions.
One of the ships he served on was the Rangitiki, as I have a photo of her
and also his seaman's log book that states that he was aboard.
So I wonder if anyone here now or maybe will visit in the future remembers
I believe that the ship was attacked off
Crete (or Sicily?) and my dad
suffered shrapnel wounds to his legs that troubled him up to his death in
I think my dad (probably more so due to his very young age) suffered from
what we know now as PTSD throughout his life after the war.
Anyway that's all in the past ... I would love to hear from anyone who
served with my dad or knew him.
I have two searches underway at the moment, one for my dad and another for
my great-grandad who was at the Somme ....
I get quiet upset to be honest about all my relatives who served in the
world wars,,, the sacrifices they made for us who survive them is ..well
... its just incredible
Thank you and Kind Regards
Date: Sunday, 11 Nov 2007 08:48:30
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My mother travelled on the Rangitiki from
New York to
Liverpool in Nov/Dec1944 as a war bride from
Canada to rejoin my father who was in the RAF. Do you have any
information about this crossing?