Charles Shelford 22 August 1921 - 7 May 1984 Key details Contribute › Service number39159 AWMM Also known asCharlie AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeWW2 AWMMPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion, D Company AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait; original held in the Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne - … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesCharles AWMM SurnameShelford AWMM Ingoa Also known asCharlie AWMM Service number39159 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth22 August 1921 AWMM Place of birthTe KahaBay of PlentyNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesTe KahaBay of PlentyNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMLabourer AWMM Post war occupationDrain layer AWMM Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentPre 26 January 1940 AWMMWainui BeachGisborneNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs Teowaina Shelford (mother)TikitikiNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 8 November 1940 AWMMSingle AWMM Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsNorth Africa AWMMItaly AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number39159 AWMM Military unitsTransferred to D Company Maori Battalion 1941 AWMM Military serviceTransferred to D Company Maori Battalion 1941 AWMM Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsDistinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMMLondon Gazette 20 February 1942 AWMM1939-1945 Star AWMMDuring a night attack on 14 December 1941 he showed outstanding heroism and courage. Private Shelford volunteered to cover 300 yards to the enemy firing from the rear and clean it out. He covered the 300 yards under fire from anti tank guns, MMGs, LMGs and rifle fire, walking, running and firing. AWMMAfrica Star (8th Army clasp) AWMMItaly Star AWMMDefence Medal AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMM26 January 1940 AWMMGisborneGisborneNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM8 November 1940 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM8 November 1940 AWMM4th Reinforcements AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion, C Company AWMMPrivate AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesHeightUnknown Period AWMM5 foot 10 1/2 inches AWMMEye colourUnknown Period AWMMBrown AWMMHair colourUnknown Period AWMMBlack AWMMAccidental DeathCause of Death AWMMKilled as a pedestrian in a hit and run road accident AWMM Report Discharge Contribute › DischargeWW2 AWMM3 February 1945 AWMMEnd of war AWMMPrivate AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion, D Company AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › He was the son of Tame Shelford and Te Owaina Kirikiri Puihi of Tikitiki. Raised by Atareta and Paratene of TikitikiMarried Lilias May (known as Maisie and Blue ) Beazley in 1948Aged 18 years at enlistment, as he increased his age by three years to enlist his military records have his birth date as 1918Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal after the action at Gazala, Libya, North Africa. The recommending officer, 2nd Lieutenant Rangi Logan later recalled that he had actually recommended Shelford for the Victoria Cross. Feelings about this never really died away and were the subject of a newspaper report some 40 years later at the time of his tangi.Was hospitalised after the Gazala episode as his legs were giving him trouble and was transferred to duties with transport as a driver initially for Rangi Logan and later delivering ammunition to distribution points close to the front line.Described as a legendary figure for his exploits during service bravery, bucking authority and the rules, and for his success in collecting loot and booty for resale and trade.Returned to New Zealand 31 October 1944 and discharged in February the following year having served 5 years 9 daysHe was closely associated with the Newmarket Returned Servicemen’s Association. The club still holds an annual pool competition in which members compete for the Charlie Shelford trophy.Closely associated with the Te Unga Waka Marae, Clyde Street, Epsom, Auckland; kaumatua and one of the first Maori WardenTangi held at the Te Unga Waka Marae AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death63 AWMM Date of death7 May 1984 AWMM Cause of deathAccidental Death AWMM Place of deathEpsomAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Death notesManukau RoadEpsomAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameMangere Public CemeteryAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference ObituaryDeath Notice: RSA Review Last Post AWMM Report Roll of Honour Remember Charles Shelford by laying a poppy. Joseph George Sheldon Ernest Sheldrake Charles Shelford Nathan Edward Shelford John Henry Shelker Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Charles Shelford Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksDictionary of New Zealand Biography.http://www.dnzb.govt.nzSources Used28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Further ReferenceEssay. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.http://dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/default.asp?Find_Quick.asp?PersonEssay=5S14Further ReferenceCody, J.F. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: War History Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmFurther Reference DocumentsSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 3: WW2 430 AWMMAwatere, A. (2003). Awatere : a soldier's story. Wellington, N.Z.: Huia. AWMMNew Zealand Genealogist AWMMJoyce, B. (2004). Charles Shelford. New Zealand genealogist. AWMMRSA review: the official journal of the N.Z. Returned Services' Association AWMMDeath Notice: RSA Review Last Post AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.