Laurence Desmond Milne

#302, (18 Mar 1921 - 13 Jun 1996)
     Laurence Desmond Milne was born on 18 Mar 1921 at Mt Gray, Canterbury, New Zealand .1
He was the son of Jane Kirkland Milne.

Laurence Desmond Milne was also known as Des Milne.

Des began Military Service bt 1939 - 1948 NZEF WWII, New Zealand ,

NZEF:VOL 11:056280
MILNE Laurence Desmond, Pte Inf Bde, Single, Dunedin, Carpenters App, 17 Embo St, Kew, Dunedin- Miss JK Milne, Sister:

23rd NZ Battalion. Book published by Angus Ross; Official History of NZ in the 2nd WW 1939-45, 23rd Battalion.

He was the 100th member of the NZ 2nd Battalion Scots.2

Des Milne and Isabel Scott were engaged in May 1947 at Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand .

Laurence Desmond Milne married Isabella Gardner Laird Scott, daughter of Neil Fairholm Scott and Mary Gardner Laird Simpson, on 27 Sep 1947 at Caversham Presbyterian Church, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand .3

Des was associated with Carsbrook Cricket Club and was a Life Time Member.

Des died on 13 Jun 1996 at Queens Drive, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand , at age 75 years, 2 months and 26 days.4

Des's death notice appeared on 15 Jun 1996 in the "Otago Daily Times", New Zealand ,

MILNE Laurence Desmond, (Des) 056280, Pvte, 23rd Batt, 2nd NZEF, of 15 Marama Street. -
On June 13, 1996 (suddenly) at Dunedin; aged 75 years. Loved husband of Isabel, loved father and father in law of Gay and Robert Gardner, John and Bernadette (Invercargill), loved grandfather of Scott and Carl Gardner and Sara Jane Milne.
A service for Des will be held in the Musselburgh Presbyterian Church, Queens Drive at 2pm on Monday, June 17, followed by private cremation.
Hope and Sons Ltd, Funeral Directors

MILNE, Laurence Desmond (Des) Loved brother in law of Adam and Mavis Scott, June and Jack Clark, Neil Scott, Margaret and the late Bob Scott, Vera and Graham Bryant, Ruby and Peter Blewden, and loved Uncle Des to all his nieces and nephews.5

Des was cremated on 17 Jun 1996 at Anderson's Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand ,

Ashes buried in Family Plot
16 Nov 1996.6

Desmond and Isabel Milne
Anderson's Bay Cemetery
Milne Family Plot
Anderson's Bay Cemetery

Des and Isabel had 2 children, still living.

Mother*Jane Kirkland Milne (1904 - Sep 1985)

Family: Laurence Desmond Milne and Isabella Gardner Laird Scott


  1. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Folio No 3221, June Qtr. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  2. [S17] "NZEF Enlistment Records", War Enlistment Rolls; Held by Ailsa Corlett; Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, NZEF:VOL 11:056280. Hereinafter cited as "NZEF Enlistment Records."
  3. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: Folio No 12338.
  4. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: NZ Online Database: 1996/ 36122 DOB 18 March 1921.
  5. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Otago Daily Times, Dunedin - 15 June 1996. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  6. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Dunedin City Council Online Database: Ashes to Family Plot 16 Nov 1996 Block 114 Plot 80. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.