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Henry Twite Sturt

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  S_027. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel S_027. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry Twite AWMM
  • Surname
    Sturt AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ404963 AWMM
    • WWII 404963 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 October 1928 AWMM PekingChina AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Wife: Mrs P. Franklin, 53 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, England (remarried) AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr R. W. Sturt of Nelson 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 (R17845616)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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 on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Reginald and Gertrude Sturt.

    Harry was killed on active service on 10 January 1942, aged 21. His aircraft, Spitfire IIa P8266, took off at 1145 and was officially lost without trace, although a shipping reconnaisance reports P8266 flying at low level and crashing into the sea, 1.5km NW of Hoek van Holland (Hook of Holland) at 1337. Sturt is commemorated on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede in Surrey, England and in the Second World War Hall of Memories at Auckland War Memorial.

    Attended Church Inland Mission Schools , Chefoo, North China (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 January 1942 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Front; Charles Napier Richards NZ/404846 - died 01st November 2004, Trevor Bernard Robertson NZ/404948 - killed 15th October 1941, T.H Morgan, Colin Valentine McPherson NZ/404912 - killed 26th July 1942, George Rattray NZ/404409 - died 01st December 2002, Frank Robert Traynor NZ/402525 - killed 06th March 1941, Mervyn James Taylor NZ/404965 - killed 26th February 1944, Thomas Donald Gordon Murray NZ/404925 - killed 15th September 1942.
    Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 25 September 2021
  • Course photo index
    19th January, 1941 - RNZAF Station Whenuapai.

    L-R: Rear; Ivan Clarence Hugh Sullivan NZ/404990, Frank Vernon Watkins N/404847 - killed 20th December 1942, Keith Williamson Morrison NZ.404396 killed 21st July 1943, William Adamson Moodie NZ/404923 - killed 05th February 1942, Reginald Sidney Lees NZ/404907 - killed 27th July 1942, James Francis Sheridan NZ/404952, Henry Twite Sturt NZ/404963 - killed 10th January 1942, RE Scott, Howard Arthur Crafts NZ/404901.

    Centre; Gerald Edmond Rawson NZ/404943 - killed 24th October 1943, Brian Thomas Verry NZ/404971, P.S Voss, Ivan Reid Mitchell NZ/404921 - died 18 October 2008, Roy Oldfield Calvert NZ/404890 - died 26 March 2002, Valentine Stuart Moore NZ/404924 - died 20 November 1969 (C 10 5N-ABD crash. DSO, DFC, DFM), Brian Joseph O'Connor NZ/404933 - killed 22 October 1942, J.J Richardson.

    Front; Charles Napier Richards
    Public - Kelvin - Researcher - 25 September 2021



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol 1, p. 170 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Sm- Ty. Archives New Zealand (R17845616) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) 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


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25 September 2021KelvinNorfolk, EnglandResearcher
27 August 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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