Cecil Deryck AWMM
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WWII NZ41876 AWMM
POW liberation details
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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 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: http://www.rafweb.org/Sqn485-490.htm AWMM
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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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