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Eustatius William Barton Griffiths

Column 411, Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery. (photo P. Lascelles, 2008) - This image may be subject to copyright

Column 411, Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery. (photo P. Lascelles, 2008) - This image may be …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eustatius William Barton AWMM
  • Surname
    Griffiths AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    23103 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1903 BDM 1904/648 New PlymouthTaranaki BDM 1904/648
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


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
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Surgeon/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Unknown Prisoner of War Camp POW Deaths (R25405152)
    Far East 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
    • 15 February 1942 AWMMOther, WWII AWMM
      Died while P.O.W. in Japanese hands, probably captured at the Fall of Singapore. AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Squadron Leader (Surgeon) Eustatius William Barton Griffiths M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.(Edin.), D.O.M.S. was the son of Eustatius and Nora Griffiths; husband of Margaret Ursula Griffiths, of Wanganui, New Zealand.

    Educated at New Plymouth Boys High School from 1913 to 1921, then studied medicine at Knox College in Dunedin from 1921 to 1927. Worked in Wellington and Auckland before joining the Air Force, where he was commissioned in 1930 and received his wings in 1931. Served with RAF Far East in Singapore where he was a medical officer, and member of the Singapore Flying Club, before joining the Reserve.

    Throughout the 1930s he moved between New Zealand and England while furthering his training, before marrying and settling in Hastings.

    Recalled to service when war commenced, and posted to Singapore, where his wife and child later joined him. In early 1942, he arranged an evacuation for his family to South Africa, and a week later the Japanese reached Singapore.

    He was at Alexandra Hospital when it was overrun by the Japanese forces, and was among the 200 members of the hospital staff that they killed in the latterly named Alexandra Hospital Massacre. AWMM
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About death

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  • Memorial name
    Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore AWMM

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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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Missing - United Kingdom, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845745) AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Deceased New Zealanders (Formerly) serving with RAF [Royal Air Force]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845760). AWMM

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