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Walter George Carruthers



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  • Forenames
    Walter George AWMM
  • Surname
    Carruthers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jock AWMM
  • Service number
    • P73245 AWMM
    • 73245 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 September 1930 By Such Deeds GlasgowScotland By Such Deeds
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
      "Flight Lieutenant Carruthers joined the RNZAF in December 1950 having previously served eighteen months with the Royal Air Force. He has held a variety of administrative posts in New Zealand and has served overseas as Adjutant/Accountant Officerwith No. 41 Squadron since August 1968. Flt Lt. Carruthers' whole service has been characterised by loyalty and dedication of a very high order. He has consistently applied himself to his tasks with resolution and with disregard for personal interests and has as a result built up an enviable record in his Branch. Nowhere have Flt Lt Carruthers' outstanding qualities been more evident than during his service in the Far East with No. 41 Squadron. Over this period his wife has suffered a long and very serious illness resulting in major surgery. Burdened with a personal problem of this magnitude Flt Lt Curruthers may well have been excused for giving something less than maximum attention to his job. This has not however, been the case. Despite his intense concern for his wife's welfare, Flt Lt Curruthers has sacrificed his personal interests and has worked much longer hours than could have reasonably been expected of any officer. By personal example, he has evoked the maximum effort from an overworked and undermanned accounts flight and in his dealings with the personnel of the Squadron, officers and airmen alike he has attained a level of understanding quite exceptional proportions. The men exhibit the utmost confidence in his capacity to give sympathetic hearing, pertinent advice and prompt action. Their confidence is indeed well founded and Flt Lt Carruthers' contribution to the general welfare and morale of the Squadrons as a whole has in consequence been extremely valuable. This officer's display of fortitude and dedication to duty under the most trying circumstances is in the very best traditions of the RNZAF." By Such Deeds, p. 117 AWMM
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • Vietnam Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    25 January 1949 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Walter served with the RAF from 25th January 1949 to 24 Jul 1950, and then joined the RNZAF in December 1950 until 25th July 1980. He continued to serve with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in a secretarial capacity from the 7th September 1981 to 29th September 1992. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2 May 2018 Obituary
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  • Obituary
    Herald Scotland, 16 May 2018 "CARRUTHERS Walter George (Jock) MBE, Wg. Cdr. RNZAF (Retd) Died at Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington on 2nd May 2018, aged 87 years. Dearly loved husband and best friend of Margaret. Father of Mark, grandfather of Haakon and Stella, father-in-law and friend of Shona and Jeremy, brother-in-law of Agnes and Graham. Special uncle of John and family. Much loved and respected by his family, friends and colleagues in New Zealand and Scotland. Will be greatly missed. Messages to the 'Carruthers' family may be left in Walter's tribute book at or posted c/- PO Box 7123, Wellington, 6242. At Walter's request, a private cremation has been held." AWMM
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  • References
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p. 117 AWMM
    • Wingfield, D. (2021). More than just a number: 80344 Declined. Christchurch, N.Z.: Author. AWMM

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