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Gordon William Sutton

Papakura-Karaka War Memorial View 2 (photo John Halpin 2010) - CC BY John Halpin

Papakura-Karaka War Memorial View 2 (photo John Halpin 2010) - CC BY John Halpin


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon William AWMM
  • Surname
    Sutton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    40647 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 August 1913 RNZAF Biographies (R17845616) RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Auckland, NZ Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 August 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records &
  • Birth notes
    Son of Albert James & Mabel Alice SUTTON Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 August 2023 - NZ BDM Birth Records &
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs A. J. Sutton, Ararimu, Rama Rama, Auckland 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)
    • Pilot 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Alfred James Sutton and Mabel Alice Sutton, of Ararimu, New Zealand.

    Remembered on the Papakura - Karaka War Memorial

    Attended Mt Albert Grammar School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845616)) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    18 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    United KingdomEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Pembroke Dock (Llanion) Cemetery, Pembrokeshire, Wales AWMM Sec. T. Grave 266. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    “PILOT-OFFICER G. W. SUTTON – FORMER GRAMMAR SCHOOL BOY – Pilot-Officer Gordon William Sutton, 26, of the Royal Air Force, son of Mr D. W. Sutton of Ararimu. who was reported as ‘‘missing, believed killed in Wednesday's Times, left for England on December i. 1937. Prior to his departure be was air craftsman at the Hobsonville air base. His first flying experience in England was with land machines, but about eight months ago he was transferred to large flying boats. Just before the war he flew to Malta, Alexandria and Cairo with a high officer of the Air Ministry as a passenger. According lo letters received this week he was just before the accident carrying out reconnaissance duties in the anti-submarine convoy system and was engaged scouting for these deadly vessels of war. Pilot Officer Sutton had made great strides in aviation in England and had jusl been promoted to day captain of a big four-engined flying boat, and had complete charge of the crew. Just, before the war started he was in the Sunderland squadron. He was stated to have been a particularly clever officer in navigation.

    Pilot-Officer Sutton was educated at the Mt. Albert Grammar School where he matriculated and represented his school at fullback in Rugby football in 1932. He also played for Eden in 1933, and will be remembered locally as a fine fullback in the Ararimu club. He continued playing Rugby in the Old Country and was captain of the Calshot Air Force team. Another of his hobbies was rowing, and at a regatta held at Calshot, Southampton, his boat come home in third position in a race at the Air Force Regatta there Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 August 2023 - Franklin Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 108, 22 September 1939, Page 8 -
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Papakura - Karaka War Memorial, Great South Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mount Albert Grammar School, Alberton Ave, Mount Albert Auckland 1025 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • My relative, Cpl. Ronald Ewens was in the same plane that crashed at Pembroke Dock. RIP.
    Public - Mike - Self - 3 August 2017



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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. 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
    • 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
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [(New Zealanders Attached to R.A.F. [Royal Air Force]) (Officers), (Europe) - Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845744) 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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13 August 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
03 August 2017MikeEnglandSelf

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