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Eric Edward Cutforth

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Cutforth AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 28139 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 April 1908 AWMM WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Landsdowne St., Bayswater, Auckland AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM Lansdowne St., Bayswater, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs. A.R. Cutforth, Landsdowne St., Bayswater, Auckland (wife) AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. A.R. Cutforth, Lansdowne St., Bayswater, Auckland (w) AWMM
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Service

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

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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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Sergeant E. E. Cutforth, MM; Te Awamutu; born Whangarei, 23 Apr 1908; electrical wireman and farmer; twice wounded. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.495.)

    'The field and medium guns had got into action and the anti-tank guns had just taken up position at 2 p.m. when 13 tanks appeared from a wadi to the west and came straight for the left flank, guarded by the 6-pounders of A Troop. The portées were driving away from the dismounted anti-tank guns as the tanks approached and the gun crews hesitated, not quite sure the tanks were enemy. When the tanks opened fire on the portées, Lance-Sergeant Cutforth fired three or four rounds and knocked out a Pzkw IV Special. A direct hit on the gun axle then put the gun out of action and wounded Cutforth and two of his crew. The retreating portée of another gun was set on fire and the gun came under heavy machine-gun fire which wounded a gunner.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 495.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    15 May 2003 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 95 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Sources

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  • External links
    'The KING has been pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 22 July 1943, p.3315.). Military Medal.
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36102/pages/3315
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.495. AWMM
    • Second 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. AWMM
      p.111 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.87 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171) AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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