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John Charles Gunton

Headstone, Papakura Public Cemetery - This image may be subject to copyright

Headstone, Papakura Public Cemetery - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Gunton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ches AWMM
  • Service number
    32100 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 December 1910 AWMM SwanseaTasmania AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 February 1940 AWMM Huntly, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Stanley Gunton (brother), Queenstown, Tasmania, Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 October 1940 AWMM Single 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 1 February 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Plumber AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 feet 1 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 2 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Born in Swansea, Tasmania, Australia, John (Ches) Gunton travelled to NZ as a young man.

    The nominal roll lists Gunton's occupation before enlistment as miner, family recount he was a plumber

    With the outbreak of WWII and being in New Zealand at the time, he joined the NZ Army. He fought in campaigns in North Africa and Italy was wounded in Belsara and repatriated to NZ on the Queen Mary.

    He had to have surgery to his right and and left leg resulting in permanent stiffening. He also had innovative right arm reconstruction and grafting.

    He married Bernice (Tess) Gunton on 27 December 1949 in Huntly, Waikato and had a daughter, Angela Louise. He owned a dairy business in Huntly before moving to Auckland in 1956.

    When he retired he served on the Waitemata Power Board. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 January 1979 AWMM
    Age 69 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Papakura Public Cemetery, Great South Road and Settlement Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM Papakura War Cemetery Soldiers AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 21 and 22 January 1979 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Thinking of my father as I head to Italy to visit the place where he was wounded, Sora (Nth of Rome). My mother Tess (Bernice) recently passed away and as a NZ WAAF she will be remembered with a joint plaque being installed at Papakura, Cemetery where my father now rests! RIP
    Public - Angela - Child - 5 May 2017



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 Unknown page AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 21 and 22 January 1979 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171) AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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25 April 2018AngelaAustralia/CanadaChild

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