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Charles William Owen Erwood

Portrait, Weekly News 17 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles William Owen AWMM
  • Surname
    Erwood AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    1504 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 8 Anglesea Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C Erwood (mother), 8 Anglesea Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Greece and Crete Public - Sally - Other relative - 6 November 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    1504 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Charles Erwood was the son of Charles William Erwood and of Cara Erwood (nee Sargisson), of Hamilton, Auckland, New Zealand.

      Commonwealth War Graves Commission database states that Charles Erwood was 20 when he was killed. AWMM
    • Charles William Owen Erwood was born in Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay on 26 December 1920. He was living in Hamilton with his mother and sister when he enlisted. Public - Sally - Other Relative - 24 January 2015 - Birth certificate
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About death

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  • Death
    30 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    20 Public - Sally - Other relative - 6 November 2015 - Birth Certificate
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya AWMM 8. H. 11. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Hamilton War Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM

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  • ANZAC DAY 2020

    Dear Owen,

    On this day, 79 years ago, you were part of the 4th Field Regiment of the New Zealand Army in Greece in retreat from the advancing German Army. You were 20 years old and had your whole life ahead of you. Thankfully you escaped from Greece and survived the fighting on Crete. Tragically you only had a few months left to live after that but your family is so proud of you and will never, ever forget you.

    With love always, your niece Sally and all your family xxx

    Public - Sally - Other relative - 25 April 2020
  • Remembering our very special young uncle, great uncle and great great uncle, Owen Erwood, who died so bravely while serving his country in World War II. With all our love, your family in Australia and England xxx
    Public - Sally - Other relative - 25 April 2019
  • Anzac Day 2018. This year will mark 77 long years since your untimely death on 30 November 1941. However, you will never be forgotten by your family, no matter how many years pass, and you will always be missed. Thank you for your service to New Zealand and thank you too for being such a wonderful son and brother to Cara and Val. With love from your niece Sally and all the family.
    Public - Sally - Other relative - 25 April 2018
  • Remembrance Day 2017. Thinking of you always Owen and missing having you in our lives. Seventy-six years ago today you were on the road from Egypt to Libya. Crusader was to be your final battle. Thank you for all you did. Remembered always by your loving family.
    Public - Sally - Other relative - 11 November 2017
  • Owen Erwood. Our wonderful uncle, great uncle and great-great uncle. A brave, intelligent and much-loved young soldier. Terribly missed by his mother and sister throughout their lives. His loss has always been felt by his nieces and nephews. What a difference his presence would have made in all our lives.
    Public - Sally - Other Relative - 24 January 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    WW2 1: WW2 56 AWMM


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24 January 2015SallyPerth, Western AustraliaOther Relative
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