Raymond Watson Hurley

Male 1923 - 1978  (55 years)


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  • Name Raymond Watson Hurley 
    Born 12 Apr 1923  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID BB0CFC444F4F4F9685307EF58AFD9CEEC38F 
    Died 29 Sep 1978  Devonport, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2192  Treefive
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2014 

    Father William Henry Hurley,   b. 11 Apr 1889, Te Arai, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1955, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Elsie Ada Watson,   b. 22 Nov 1894, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1974, Papatoetoe, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1918  Cambridge, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    St Andrews Church 
    Family ID F649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F772  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Service in World War 2

      In WW2 Raymond served in the Royal Navy on convoys to Murmansk, Russia. He served on ships that were involved in Russian Convoys to Murmansk. Information obtained from his war records indicate that he served on the following ships for the dates as shown:

      R.N. (King Alfred) 17 March 1944 to 16 April 1944
      Kingfisher 17 April 1944 to 19 September 1944
      Victory 17-20 September 1944 to 15th October 1944
      Baldur 16th October 1944 –
      Baldur DTBR addl skyrack as 1st lt, vice Huguet (to U.K)
      “ (Skyrack) DTBR addl in cmd
      “ “ DTBR addl as 1st Lt on relief
      Victory DTBR to 16th March 1945
      “ 17th March 1945 to 26th March 1945
      Pembroke IV 27th March 1945 to
      Cook 24th October 1945
      Philomel 25th October 1945 to 21 Dec 1945
      Philomel 22 December 1945
      Tui 20 Feb 1946
      Philomel 21st February 1946 to 25th February 1946
      Philomel 26th Feb 1946 to 11 March 1946

      A posthumous application has been made to the New Zealand Defence Force for the award to R. W. Hurley of the Arctic Star.

      The Ministry of Defence Medal Office at Gloucester advised in Oct 2013 that the documents held by the family, from which the service list was developed, are likely to be the most retailed documents available. The Office provided comment on the service record:
      HMS King Alfred, Kingfisher, Victory and Pembroke IV are all UK based shore establishments. Victory is actually the HMS Victory, Admiral Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, although in this instance it is used to describe administrative buildings at Portsmouth.
      HMS Baldur was a series of shore establishments on Iceland.
      Everything later than Pembroke IV is too late to qualify for the Arctic Star, being after the end of the War in Europe.
      HMT (His Majesty’s Trawler) Skyrack was based at Reykjavik during the war, as a ‘coast-watching vessel’. The Office does not hold a record of her movements.
      DTBR stands for “date to be recorded”. This has not been done at a later date, as was the intention, and may make assessment for the Arctic Star a little difficult.

      Raymond would occasionally talk to family members about his participation in Russian Convoys to Murmansk in ships called Corvettes and that he experienced some particularly unpleasant situations. Some of those experiences related to the rescue of sailors after the attack and sinking of their ships in freezing arctic waters covered in oil and debris.

      The history of his naval service continues to be researched by his family (as at Jan 2014).

      Post-war

      On 26 Jan 1950 Raymond left England on the ship Rangitane bound for Auckland. He gave his last UK address as Salisbury House, E.C.2, and his occupation as corset manufacturer.

      With brother Desmond, Raymond started the Hurley Bendon Lingerie business. The 1960 Tamaki electoral roll lists Raymond Watson Hurley of 4 Edmund St, manufacturer.

  • Sources 
    1. [S190] MAR028 Marriage Hurley, William Henry and Watson, Elsie Ada, MAR028.