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Colin Chrystal



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Colin AWMM
  • Surname
    Chrystal AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 46538 AWMM
    • WWII NZ2478 AWMM
    • WWII 46538 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 November 1916 AWMM FoxtonManawatu AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr J. Chrystall (father), Lady's Mile, Foxton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 7 April 1938 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
    Inter War Jul 1938 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Stalag XIII-D, Nuremberg, Germany AWMM
    Feb 1944-Sep 1944 AWMM
    Had been forced to land behind enemy lines and had evaded capture but after standing on a landmine badly wounded AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 September 1944 AWMM Red Cross exchange, repatriated to England AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      He lost the lower half of his right leg after stepping on a mine, hospitalised by the Germans AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Accidental death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Embarked as a Trainee wireless operator, rank unknown

    Chrystall joined the Royal Air Force in July 1939 with which he served until he transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force in July 1945. He was serving with 235 Squadron in the Battle of Britain.

    He took up farming after the war

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). RMS Rangitata was a New Zealand Shipping Company vessel. It was build in 1929, was 16,737 tons, 552 feet long, 70 feet beam and could travel at 15 knots. It had a refrigerating capacity of 446,000 cubic feet. It was normally employed in the United Kingdom-New Zealand trade but when war broke out it was repainted and began a new career. One of its first tasks was to take Anzacs to Suez and from there carried on to England with her holds full of frozen produce. During the war years she covered over a quarter of a million miles. Countries visited included Panama, Jamaica, Australia, Ceylon, Arabia, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Natal, Spain, Madacasgar, Mauritius, Pitcairn, Argentine, Uruguay, Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Trinidad, Malta, South Africa, Gambia, Algeria and the United States. Amongst those who travelled on board were the Royal Marines, Polish volunteers (from the Argentine, British evacuee children to New Zealand, United States wounded, German and Italian prisoners of war, Wrens in transit to Rhodesia, 'Desert Rats', West Africans, Canadian war brides, G.I. Joes for D Day, and the First Echelon of New Zealanders from Trentham. The ship had a crew of just over 200 and could accommodate 2600 troops. The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940

    Son of John and Anna Elizabeth Chrystall, of Foxton, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Three Foxton-born Chrystall brothers served in the RAF or RNZAF in WW2 - Flight Lieutenant Colin Chrystall DFC, MID (RAF), Pilot; Bernard McGregor Chrystall MiD, Chaplain; and Donald Chrystall (NZ415060)

    Member of the Caterpillar Club. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 July 1961 AWMM
    Age 45 AWMM
    FoxtonManawatu AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • References
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 66-70 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM

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