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Douglas William Callow

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas William AWMM
  • Surname
    Callow AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 August 1913 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Matilda Callow (mother), 15 Garfield Street, Brooklyn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1942 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Douglas Callow was the son of William Bridson and Matilda Callow of Wellington

    Two sons, brothers Horace Callow (NZ427185) and Douglas William Callow (RNZNVR) were killed in the war.

    His training commenced at HMS Philomel (Auckland) on 16 December 1941 and continued through until 25 February 1942.

    Posted to HMS Lanka a shore based training and administration base between 26 February 1942 and 14 December 1942

    HMS Indomitable 6 May 1942 – 10 July 1942 Temp Sub Lieutenant, RDF duties

    HMS Laforey: 11 July 1942 – 14 August 1942 Temp Sub Lieutenant, RDF duties

    HMS Laforey: 5 August 1942 – 28 February 1943 Temp Lieutenant, Promoted

    HMS Lightning: 1 March 1943 – 13 March 1943 Temp Lieutenant, RDF duties

    Transferred HMS Indomitable on 6 May 1942 as an Radar Detection Finder (RDF) officer

    Douglas remained on Indomitable until she returned to the Clyde in July 1942, and then transferred to HMS Laforey on 11 July 1942.

    He joined HMS Lightning on 1 March 1943 as the ships RDF officer

    HMS Lightning was torpedoed by a German torpedo boat S55 on the night of 13 March 1943 and sank. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 March 1943 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Evening Post and NZ Herald 20 April 1943 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • I leave this tribute to my Uncle Douglas whom I sadly never met. (please also see tribute to Horace Callow) Douglas was a very keen tramper and his name is on a memorial at the summit of Mount Holdsworth in the Tararua Ranges. I can see the Mount everyday from my kitchen window so a constant family reminder.
    Public - Carolyn Nicol - Other Relative - 4 February 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • McKenzie, R. (1970). And quiet now their rest. Wellington N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Unpublished papers: family papers. AWMM
      Manuscript "In Memory of Temp Lieutenant (RNZNR) Douglas Callow ..." Unpublished Noel Fisher 2007 on file. Armoury Files held in Museum Archives. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
04 February 2015Carolyn NicolMartinborough New ZealandOther Relative

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