Ross is either Mangus Montgomery ('Mac') Ross (died 1956) or, more likely, his younger brother Wally Sinclair ('Wally') Ross (died 1977). They served as mechanics with the NZFS.
Howard Vincent Coverdale (later Lieutenant-Colonel H. V. Coverdale, ChB (Cantab), MA, MB, MD, DOMS (Eng), FRACS, , RAF, 2NZEF) and his brother Oswald Myles Coverdale were the only brothers to graduate at NZFS. He died at Auckland on 16 Jan 71. His obituary in the British Journal of Ophthalmology recorded:
Howard Coverdale, who was one of the most pleasant, companionable and likeable and, at the same time, most efficient of the ophthalmologists to be trained in Britain, subsequently became one of the foremost ophthalmic surgeons in New Zealand where his influence was immense.
Coverdale was born in Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand. After leaving school where he became head-prefect, he learned to fly at Auckland and joined the R.A.F. in England in 1918. On his demobilization at the end of the war he went to Cambridge University and his versatility was immediately apparent in his becoming president of the Medical Society, president of the Heitiki Club (of New Zealand men at Cambridge), and a member of the Shakespeare Club of Caius College, and representing his college at tennis, golf, and hockey. His medical education was completed at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, where his athletic ability made him captain of the tennis and golf teams. His main interest, however, was ophthalmology, and for this reason he went through the residency at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Here he excited the greatest regard and affection; indeed, because of his surgical skill and personal qualities, he was one of the most popular residents the hospital has had. Despite the fact that he was pressed to remain in London, he decided to return to New Zealand, largely for reasons of health, and set up ophthalmic practice in Auckland.
Here, as would be expected, he prospered; but on the outbreak of the second world war he immediately enlisted in the army and, going overseas with the Third General Hospital, he was responsible for most of the ophthalmology in the New Zealand Division - and for many others – in the North African and Italian campaigns. Returning home in 1945, he maintained his interest in the Services by becoming chairman of the Medical Committee of New Zealand St. Dunstans with which he worked for many years.
His contributions to our specialty were considerable and, in addition to numerous papers on a wide variety of subjects in various medical journals, he was editor of the Transactions of the Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand for 10 years, an associate editor of Ophthalmic Literature, and a member of the International Editorial Board of the American Quarterly Review of Ophthalmology. In the profession in his own country the esteem in which he was held was shown by his occupying the posts of president of the Ophthalmological Society of New Zealand and of the Auckland Clinical Society. Outside his profession his interests in the arts, architecture, and the cultivation of trees and shrubs occupied much of his attention, as well as racing and golf. His death brings sorrow to his many friends in Britain and in his own country where an immense blank is created. To his widow, Margaret, our sincere sympathy is extended.
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999