Hello all, Can anyone help with this man that I am researching? Recent postings and the help that you have all given me gives me hope that someone out there might have further details of his death that can be confirmed. On the date he was killed a partisan group attacked a fascist barracks at Sasso d'Ombrone and a partisan was noted as being killed. Was this Roderick. Bill Rudd's excellent database states that he was executed at this town. Does anyone have any further details? All the best, Skip L/Cpl Lawrence Douglas ‘Clarrie’ RODERICK  NZ Armoured Corps, LRPU + LRDG. Born at Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand on 19/02/13. Before enlisting he had worked as a linesman and had been a lightweight Australasian professional boxer. Roderick is known to have been the gunner on T1 ‘Te Rangi’ (HQ Troop of T Patrol) when he was taken POW on 31/01/41 at Jebel Sherif after being attacked by The Auto Saharan Company and Italian aircraft. This was during Operation Aesop, the Murzak raid. Major Clayton, L/Cpl Roderick and L/Cpl Adams were forced to surrender after MG fire punctured two tires, the radiator and the petrol tank of their truck. He and ‘Wink’ Adams became the first soldiers from 2 NZEF to be captured. Pat Clayton wrote to his wife’s sister from a POW camp stating: ‘Roderick put 22 bullet holes in the plane and wounded the observer ... I told Roderick and Adams to give in as the car was hit with a big bullet in the tank. They were not hurt and were excellent throughout … they (the Italians) gave Roderick trousers to replace his which were torn to ribbons in the scramble and fed us with their own officers and men respectively. The next day after a little air raid we were taken off by plane (to Benghazi), and then sent on (to Tripoli) by motorbus full of refugee women and children. We were well looked after by our Carabinieri guards, but it was a tough journey.’ He also wrote to the mother of ‘Wink’ Adams stating: Your boy and Roderick mended the tyres under constant interruption from machine guns.’ After escaping from a camp in Italy he joined the Partisans and was killed leading a Partisan attack on 06/04/44. Son of Mr and Mrs G Roderick. Auckland War Memorial records show his enlistment address as; ‘c/o D Birkett, Brewer Street, Blenheim’, his next of kin as; ‘Mr G Roderick (brother), Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson’, and his embarkation unit as; ‘2 NZEF 05/01/40-31/03/40.’ Age 31. No inscription on his grave at Bolsena, Italy. Also commemorated on the Blenheim War Memorial.