Topic: Cyril Arthur Carter (1918-1942)

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During World War II Tauranga linesman Cyril Arthur Carter was killed in an explosion, the cause of which was never determined.

Cyril Arthur Carter (1918-1942)Cyril Arthur Carter was born on 2 August 1918. He was at Tauranga District High School up until the 5th Standard. After that he worked as a linesman in Tauranga.

He enlisted early in 1939 and embarked for Egypt in 1941. He was with the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 2nd Echelon and saw active service in the Greece and Crete campaigns and also in the operations which resulted in the relief of the Tobruk garrison.

Cyril was killed as a result of an explosion on 22 February 1942, the cause of which was never determined.

Cyril 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).

Memorial Grove (Tauranga)

 

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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Cyril Arthur Carter (1918-1942)


Year:1942
Note:Service Number: 21561
First Names:Cyril Arthur
Last Name:Carter
Date of Birth:2 August 1918
Date of death:22 February 1942
Place of burial:Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya
Occupation:Linesman
Fathers name:Seymour Alexander Carter
Mothers name:Edith Emily Carter
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)