Topic: Charles Burrell Smith (1919-1942)

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Tauranga man Charles Burrell Smith died from a gunshot wound received during fighting in the Western Desert in 1942.

Charles Burrell Smith (1919-1942)Charles Burrell Smith was born on 12 January 1919. He gained his matriculation from Tauranga District High School.

He joined the 5th Infantry Signals of the 22nd Battalion as a private.

Charles arrived in Egypt on 7 April 1941 and was reported wounded in the Western Desert fighting with the 22 (Motor) Battalion on 9 December 1941.

He died of his gunshot wound on 5 January 1942.

Charles is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

 

Sources:

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand)

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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Charles Burrell Smith (1919-1942)


Year:1942
Note:Service Number: 37321
First Names:Charles Burrell
Last Name:Smith
Date of Birth:12 January 1919
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:5 January 1942
Place of death:Western Desert
Place of burial:Tel El Kebir War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Fathers name:Charles Alfred Lawrence Smith
Mothers name:Emily Isabel Smith
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)