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Edgar Neil Derbidge

Portrait of Lieutenant Edgar Neil Derbridge, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, Auckland Weekly News. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19420513-22-5. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant Edgar Neil Derbridge, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, Auckland Wee …


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    Edgar Neil AWMM
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    Derbidge AWMM
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    Derbridge AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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    WW2 POW - Muntok Camp, Sumatra Chris Brooks POW research
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Some accounts suggest that he was shot by Chinese bandits after surviving the sinking of HMS Li Wo. AWMM

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  • Son of Herbert Samuel and Ethel Emily Derbidge; husband of Joan Fey Derbidge, of Fendalton, Christchurch, Canterbury.

    Name mispelled Derbridge.

    HMS Li Wo became the most decorated small ship in the Royal Navy, with one Victoria Cross and ten other awards. Temporary Lieutenant Derbidge received a Mentioned in Despatches (posthumously). Lt. After struggling ashore he was later shot in the stomach by a looting gang on Banka Island. Sadly he died in a Japanese P.O.W. Camp soon after arriving. Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission. AWMM
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  • Death
    1945 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Edgar Neil Derbidge married Joan Fey Cantrell (maiden name) Roughly six months before Edgar went to war.I guess Joan is not absolute blood related because she adopted my father (Richard Neil Derbidge) around 1947-48 after the war.But to me she is my Grandmother and always will be.I guess my only real contribution is that I have photos of Edgar in uniform before he departed.I tried to get as much information about Edgar from Joan,but,as you can imagine,she didnt speak much about him.I can understand why! She only told me that he was a good man etc.I believe Edgar was a clerk working in Lyttleton before the war.I wish I could have met him.I feel I know him even though we never met. He and all the men that died on or from wounds from the LI-WO battle are absolute heros. May there souls R.I.P.
    Public - John Richard - Other relative - 26 March 2017



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  • References
    • Sellwood, A.V. (1971). Stand by to die. London, England: White Lion Publishers. AWMM
    • Information on Japanese-run internment (prisoner of war) camps was kindly provided by Chris Brooks. More than 350 Japanese-run military prisoner-of-war and civilian internment and concentration camps were run throughout the "Far East" during World War II. AWMM


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26 March 2017John RichardInvercrgillOther relative

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