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Arthur Holdsworth Smith

Biography for Arthur Holdsworth Smith. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Sm- Ty. Archives New Zealand (R17845616-0027). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Arthur Holdsworth Smith. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased P …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Holdsworth AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ415204 AWMM
    • WWII 415204 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1911 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr Holdsworth Smith (father), 119 St Albans Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents Mr & Mrs H. Smith, 119 St. Albans Street, Christchurch 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
    • Pilot/Military Air Crew Remembered 431 Squadron
    • Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 7 September 1941 Air Crew Remembered 431 Squadron LevinManawatu-Wanganui Air Crew Remembered 431 Squadron
  • 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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    • Arthur Smith was the son of Holdsworth and Honora Smith, of Christchurch, New Zealand.

      Flight Sergeant Smith was reported as 'missing believed killed' in the New Zealand Herald of 12 July 1943. The Herald reported on 25 October 1943 that his death had been officially presumed.

      Barrass, M.B. (2001- 2008). Web site: Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. "Squadrons numbered in the 400 series were technically units of the RCAF, RAAF and RNZAF, but their members were placed under the operational control of the RAF and are usually considered to be part of the RAF's organisational structure". URL: Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

      Attended Harewood School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)) AWMM
    • Arthur was my Uncle. My mother's loved brother. Mum Kathleen Smith was a WAF during the war and her twin sister Mabel, a Hansard typist. They all "did their bit". So sad that Uncle Arthur was shot down. He was the only son, and so sadly missed. I have many photos of him I can send? Public - Marianne Kay - Other Relative - 16 August 2015 - family oral history plus many photographs.
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About death

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  • Death
    30 May 1943 Commonwealth War Graves
    Age 32 AWMM
    The Netherlands (Holland)Europe Commonwealth War Graves
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands AWMM 12. H. 4. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
30 April 2023KelvinNurfolk, EnglandResearcher
23 January 2023DouglasChristchurchOther relative
16 August 2015Marianne Kay Geraldine New ZealandOther Relative

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