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John Cunningham Chalmers

Wedding photograph, taken on 11 November 1943 at Tokien Helwan, Cairo, Egypt - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Cunningham AWMM
  • Surname
    Chalmers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    23398 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 February 1914 AWMM RossWest Coast AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 127 Abel Smith Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.A. Chalmers (mother), 127 Abel Smith Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 January 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    23398 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    NCO Narrow Neck, Papakura AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    School teacher/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Back and leg wounds, No.1 General Hospital, Helwan, Cairo AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Met his wife Elizabeth Jean Carruth (72042), when she arrived in the Middle East in 1941 with a contingent of two hundred nurses and office staff and she nursed him in No.1 G H in Helwan. At the conclusion of the Tunisian Campaign, Jack was due for home leave so he and Elizabeth got married (11.11.1943) and travelled home to New Zealand together on the Troopships 'Citia' and 'Mariposa' with the Second Furlough Draft. After a holiday in the South Island Jack was boarded out Grade 3 by the Army and he decided to return to his teaching career and to further his Education Degree at Auckland University.

    He was St Kentigern's founding headmaster and held this position from 1958-1978. In 1981 was awarded the M.B.E. for Service to Education & to the Community.

    He had four children - 3 sons and a daughter.

    Known as Jack AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 May 1995 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block Y Row 15 Plot 73 AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 80 AWMM
    • 24 N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association [newsletter]. Auckland, N.Z.: The Association. AWMM
      24th N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association newsletter. July 1995, Issue 113 AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
      Fortune, G. and Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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