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Selwyn Charles Houghton

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Selwyn Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Houghton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ416494 AWMM
    • WWII 416494 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 July 1916 RNZAF Biographies (R17845611) HamiltonWaikato RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs D.E. Houghton, 8 Rawenga Road, St Heliers East, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Wife: Mrs. A. E. Houghton. 8 Rawenga Rd, St Heliers East, Auckland. AWMM
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. A. M. Houghton of Hamilton AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Roland Paul Houghton and of Ellen Ada Houghton (nee Jacka); husband of Doreen Elizabeth Houghton, of Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Known to be buried near Avu Avu Missin Church, near Guadalcanal, and whose grave is now lost

    [ Roll of Honour. Air Force Casualties. Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 93, 17 October 1944, Page 6]

    Attended Hamilton High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 October 1944 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM
    • To the grandfather I never met but heard so much about.
      I have named my sixth child after you Grandad. Dad used to talk to be about you so much.
      I have some of your things dad gave me to remember you.
      I'm so proud when I see your name and your photo
      Thank you for serving our beautiful country. Leaving your beautiful wife and baby to serve.
      Brave soldier Public - Lisa - Other relative - 3 March 2020 - My father Wesley Burns - son of Selwyn told me these things.
      He has since passed away

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  • Selwyn was an amazing ambassador for new zealand and our family. Never forgotten. xxxx
    Public - Bo - Other Relative - 23 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Killed - Officers (Canada, Pacific, Europe) - Airmen (Canada, India and Far East)]. Archives New Zealand (R17845748) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
16 September 2023KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
03 March 2020Lisa AucklandOther relative
23 April 2015Bo Auckland Other Relative

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