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Croydon Jelfs Edinborough Chamberlain

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Croydon Jelfs Edinborough AWMM
  • Surname
    Chamberlain AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 40508 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 November 1919 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    November 23rd, 1919 Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 18 June 2020 - Research
  • Place of birth
    Lyttelton ,New Zealand. Public - Ian Banks - Researcher - 18 June 2020 - Research
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 40508 AWMM
  • Military service
    Royal Air Force, Short service commission, beginning in October 1937. AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Croyden Chamberlain was the son of Frank and Venus Annie Maberley Chamberlain, Auckland, New Zealand.

      Educated at Pukekohe High School. Up to the time of his death Pilot-Officer Chamberlain had been engaged in reconnaissance photographic work with the B. E. F. in France.

      Reported missing, presumed killed as a result of aerial activity. AWMM
    • Born 23 November 1919 Public - Craig and David and Hannah - Other Relative - 20 April 2015 - Family papers and advised from his 90 year old sister who still thinks about him everyday
    • Departed New Zealand aged 17, had his 18th Birthday on the ship Remurea. Short term commmission (4 Years) with the RAF. Reported MIA 14th May 1940. Public - Dean, Thomas, & Harvey - 18 March 2016 - Sister - Zolene Chamberlain
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About death

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  • Death
    13 May 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald (?), 15 May 1940 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • After many years search, I did, in 2014 submit my findings to CWGC. They together with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence have recently confirmed our findings. At this time they are, co-operatively, arranging an official graveside renaming ceremony for May of 2017. The three members of the crew are [ after four [4] separate interments ] located at a CWGC military cemetery at Hotton, Province of Luxembourg. Belgium. I need to contact the recently revealed half brother Robert Edinborough CHAMBERLAIN. Please facilitate contact between he and myself. For security reasons I am required, by UK MoD not to make any media notifications until given approval.
    Public - Kenneth William Leslie - Other relative - 10 January 2017
  • I am Croydens Half brother we have the same father Frank Chamberlain. I am very proud of Croydens sacrifice for the greater good of mankind. I would welcome any contact from direct members of the Chamberlain family.
    Public - Robert Edinborough - Sibling - 24 August 2016
  • You were my best friend, and I love so you very much. I miss you everyday, Love your little sister Zo.
    Public - Zolene - Other Relative - 26 April 2015
  • We are the honoured and blessed great nephew and great great nephew and niece of this brave and courageous man who helped many future generations to enjoy the freedom we take for granted in our everyday lives. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    Public - Craig and David and Hannah - Other Relative - 20 April 2015
  • We are the great and great great nephew of Croydon Chamberlain and are proud of the sacrifices he and many others made for their country
    Public - Dean, Thomas, & Harvey - Other Relative - 13 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
18 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
18 May 2017AndyUKOther
10 January 2017Kenneth William LeslieSydney,AustraliaOther relative
24 August 2016Robert EdinboroughThames New ZealandSibling
18 March 2016Dean, Thomas, & HarveyLondonOther

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