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John Horace Christiansen

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Portrait from Weekly News; 5 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Horace AWMM
  • Surname
    Christiansen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NZ413551 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ413551 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Christiansen was the son of Albert Christian and Elmina Saraphia Christiansen, of Palmerston North, New Zealand.

    The photographer of the headstone in 1999 was Mr B. Cox whose brother, Flying Officer John Grant Cox (NZ412658), is buried in the same cemetery. He described his visit to Hanover War Cemetery: 'On 29 June we left London 4 am - drove all day via the Channel Tunnel reaching the village of Rimbeck about 100 km south of Hanover by 5 pm. That was where my brother's plane actually crashed, and by 5.30 we were taken by friendly German folk to the Catholic cemetery where the crew of seven were originally interred, and then to a site on a hillside about 1 km away to the spot where the Lancaster crashed. An elderly chap who remembers the incident said that they thought the bomber was going to hit the village. and the following morning, civilians began pillaging the wreckage to get the parachutes for silk but were stopped by soldiers. We were taken back to the first house we called at where we were given a nice meal, outside under a patio, followed by several rounds of German lager, before being taken to the local hotel where we slept before an early morning start for Hanover. In the Hanover War Cemetery all graves are well tended by German gardeners employed by the British War Graves Commission and were quite friendly. There are 46 New Zealand graves in the cemetery.' AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    14 January 1944 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    GermanyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany AWMM 1. F. 9. AWMM
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Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    http://www.cwgc.org
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM