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Cecil Deryck Charters

Biography for Cecil Deryck Charters. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Bo - Cl. Archives Zealand (R17845608-0461). CC-BY 2.0.

Biography for Cecil Deryck Charters. RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Per …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cecil Deryck AWMM
  • Surname
    Charters AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ41876 AWMM
    • WWII 41876 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 January 1914 RNZAF Biographies (R17845608) ChristchurchCanterbury RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mother: Mrs. W. C. Charters, 58 Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere Hills, Christchurch AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Charters, 58 Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere Hills, 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 RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Unknown Prisoner of War Camp POW Deaths (R25405152)
      Malay Camp AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Changi Camp, Changi, Singapore AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Kami Songkurai Camp, Thailand AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of disease AWMM
    • 25 November 1943 AWMMOther, WWII AWMM
      Missing air operations 15/01/1942. Buried Thanbyzayat War Cemetery. AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cecil Charters was the son of William Wombwell Charters and Lily Gertrude Charters of Cashmere Hills, Canterbury, New Zealand

    Died of amoebic dysentery

    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:

    Attended Christchurch Boy's High School, The Canterbury University College (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845608)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar AWMM B2 C 4 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Cecil was shot down over the Malacca Strait on 19th January 1942. He managed to bale out and parachuted to the ground, only to be caught by the Japanese. He survived long enough to work on the notorious Burma Railway. He died of dysentery. In his last days he was attended by an amazing man, Padre John Noel Duckworth. I want to thank Cecil for his unwavering commitment to defending NZ against the threat of a Japanese invasion and also the Padre for his kindness and dedication to humanity when all else around him was sheer hell.



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Deaths While Prisoner of War - Navy, Army, Air Force and Civilians [WW2 NZ POW Deaths], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAAA 7393 Box 1 (R25405152). AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Bo - Cl. Archives New Zealand (R17845608) - 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
    • Information on Japanese-run internment (prisoner of war) camps was kindly provided by Chris Brooks. More than 350 Japanese-run military prisoner-of-war and civilian internment and concentration camps were run throughout the "Far East" during World War II. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - Embarkation Lists, November 1940 - July 1942. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845762). AWMM

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