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Douglas Cecil Giddens

Portrait, Douglas Cecil Giddens (NZ412222) in uniform - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Douglas Cecil Giddens (NZ412222) in uniform - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Cecil AWMM
  • Surname
    Giddens AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Nabba AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ412222 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 May 1919 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A.C. Giddens (mother), Martin Road, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 April 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Belgium, Europe AWMM
      14 October 1942 AWMM
      Radio Operator on Halifax Bomber, 103 Squadron, which was shot down on 4 October 1945. Admitted to hospital at Lazerete, German Fighter Station, Stitronde, Belgium AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Poland AWMM
      Oct 1942-Jan 1945 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Dulag VIII-A, Gorlitz, Germany AWMM
      Mar 1945 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VI-B, Mulburg, Germany AWMM
      May 1945 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 25 May 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    27225 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Suffered injuries to left shoulder and right hip AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999. Next of kin details compiled from information on Air Department correspondence November 1942. Veteran recorded his unit as RAF, he is recorded on the POW list as RNZAF crew.

    A file of interesting documents relating to Mr Giddens service, POW experiences and reunion with Mr Gordon Mellor, navigator of the Halifax Bomber from which both men bailed out over Belgium in October 1942, is held in the Museum Library. These papers include copies of a map of the area he was shot down, an abridged version of the days and nights between 4 October and 9 October when he was captured by the Germans, the letter informing his mother that he was a prisoner of war at Stalag VIIIB dated 14 November 1942, copies of concert programme and camp newspaper (covers scanned to this record but complete copies in file), Mr Giddens' diary (photocopy of the original plus a typed transcript) recording the 'Long March' which began in January 1945 and ended in April with graphic descriptions of the experience, newspaper printed on board the Andes on the return trip to New Zealand, The Southern Cross printed in London 2 June 1945, The Camp, Berlin, 7 January 1945, The Stars and Stripes (German Edition) 8 May 1945, and various articles from newspapers in New Zealand regarding POW reunion in 1985 and docking of the Andes in Lyttelton October 1945. Numerous photos attached to this records also enhance the material. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 October 2007 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Ash Burial K Row 11a, Plot 138 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    Births, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records online
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Giddens, D. Papers relating to war service. 1940-1996. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library, Auckland. (MS 2002/156). AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
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