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Marine Richard Chinner .     Royal Marines HMS Galatea   from St. Just, Cornwall)

(d.15th Dec 1941)

Richard Chinner served with the Royal Marines during WW2 and was killed in action on the 15th December 1941, aged 18. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Plymouth. He was the son of Samuel James Chinner and Florence Ellen Chinner, of St. Just, Cornwall.

S Flynn

L/Cpl. Oswald Chipchase .     British Army Royal Signal Corps

Harold Chippendale .     Royal Navy HMS Woolwich

Looking for information on my granddad, Harold Chippendale and the ships he was on. Specifically, information on HMS Woolwich and what role the ship had in the Mediterranean war. Harold was on the ship from 1st August 1939 to 15th January 1943, then went to HMS Canopus.

Jonathan Raine

Piper. Chisholm .     Army The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

Ord.Sea. John George Chisholm .     Royal Navy HMS Bonaventure   from Carlisle, Cumberland)

(d.31st Mar 1941)

My cousin, Jackie Chisholm, was an only child and volunteered 14 March 1938, aged 16, unbeknownst to his parents. His training was aboard the HMS Caledonia at Rosyth, and after serving as a Boy 1 on board the Drake and Hermes, he joined the Bonaventure in May 1940 as an Ordinary Seaman.

The Bonaventure was torpedoed and sunk south of Crete on 31st March 1941 with many lives lost. Jackie's name is on Plymouth Naval War Memorial on Plymouth Hoe, dedicated to sailors who have been lost at sea. He was 19 years old when he died.

Sue Holland

Sgt. Arthur Langley Chisman .     Royal Australian Air Force 460 Sqdn   from East Finchley, London)

(d.19th Oct 1944)

I knew that I had been named after my parent's best man at their wedding but had not investigated very far. They had told me he had died during the war and was in the Air Force. Both my parents are now dead and I was looking through old photos when I came across one with the name of their best man on it. In the past I had looked for Chisholm or similar but the actual spelling is Chisman. A little bit of investigation with the help of Google and and I have found out the following: Their best man was Arthur Langley Chisman who joined 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force flying Lancasters as Flight Engineer (only British aircrew were trained for this role). He was killed along with all but one of the crew of the Lancaster on 19th October 1944, leaving behind his wife Mary.

Langley Popley

Pte. Frank Stidolph Chismon .     British Army 4th Btn Royal East Kent Regiment   from Church Lane, Newington, Sittingbourne, Kent)

(d.23rd Oct. 1943)

M J Crayford

P/O W. E. Chitty .     RAAF pilot 514 Sqd. (d.30th Jul 1944)

P/O Chitty was injured in a serious crash on return from Nuremburg on the 31st March 1944. On return to Waterbeach his aircraft was baulked on finals by another Squadron aircraft and crash-landed heavily whilst attempting to go around. The crew were:

  • P/O W.E.Chitty
  • Sgt C.M.Guy
  • Sgt L.A.Ive
  • Sgt R.Fox
  • Sgt A.B.Pattison
  • Sgt C.Pratt
  • Sgt J.Shepherd

On recovery he formed another crew, retaining his flight engineer Charles Guy. They were lost without trace on the 30th of July 1944 and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

  • F/L W.E.Chitty
  • Sgt C.M.Guy
  • W/O L.A.Ding
  • F/O W.S.Bonell
  • F/S J.E.Richardson
  • F/S E.W.Jenner
  • F/S G.C.Wells

H Chivers .    

Alexander Frank Chopping .     British Army 8th Army

My dad served on the large guns and fought at El Alamein with the 8th Army. He had a leg injury and was sent to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and then on to Wales to recover.


Wilf Chorley .     British Army 5th Btn East Yorks Rgt

My late father was in the 5th Btn East Yorkshire Rgt. He served in the Faroe Islands and was a POW at Weetzen, Germany. He worked in the sugar factory in 1944.


British POWs book records the following: 8A 82336 Chorley, W.L. Pte 3663680 E. York. 8A is the camp (Goritz), the next number is the person's POW number and the remainder could refer to your late father. Also try for POW interrogation questionnaires(Stuart Brown)


Ord. Sea. Alfred George "Alf" Chowles .     Royal Navy HMS Bedouin   from Greenford Middlesex)

(d.15 June 1942)

My Uncle, Alf Chowles, served on HMS Bedouin. His was one of the 28 lives lost when the ship was torpedoed.

Ord.Sea. Alfred George Chowles .     Royal Navy HMS Bedouin   from Greenford, Middlesex)

(d.15th June 1942)

I have no details of Alf Chowles war service, unfortunately as a young 19-year-old ordinary seaman he had no real voice.

John Luffrum

Lt. Albert Chowne VC, MM..     Australian Army 2/2nd Australian Infantry Battalion   from Australia)

(d.25th Mar 1945)

Albert Chowne was born in Sydney. He attended Chatswood Boys Intermediate High School and Naremburn Junior Technical School. In 1935, he began work as a shirt-cutter with David Jones. He spent a brief period in the 36th Battalion, a Militia unit, before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in late May 1940. He was assigned to the 2/13th Battalion as a platoon message runner and was later made company runner. The unit, part of the 9th Division arrived in the Middle East in November 1940 and later joined the North African campaign, defending Tobruk for eight months in 1941. During his time at Tobruk, Chowne transferred to the carrier platoon and was promoted to Corporal.

After Tobruk the 2/13th performed garrison duties in Syria where, in September, Chowne was promoted to Sergeant. He was wounded in the leg and hand at El Alamein the following month and spent three weeks in hospital.

He returned to Australia with the battalion in January 1943. In July, the unit was deployed to New Guinea campaign, taking part in the Battle of Finschhafen. Chowne, now commanding a mortar platoon, was awarded the Military Medal for twice crawling close to enemy positions to direct mortar fire. Regarded as exceptionally cool by his comrades, Chowne combined fearlessness with a self-effacing manner.

He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in January 1944 and he married Daphne Barton, a Corporal in the Australian Women's Army Service, in March that year. Having completed the jungle warfare training course at Canungra, Queensland, Chowne was posted to the 2/2nd Battalion, part of the 6th Division, in October 1944.

The 2/2nd was sent to the Aitape-Wewak campaign in New Guinea, two months later. On 25 March 1945 near Dagua, Chowne attacked an enemy position which was holding up further movement towards Wewak. Seeing that the leading platoon was suffering heavy casualties, Chowne rushed forward and knocked out two light machine guns with grenades and then, calling on his men to follow him and firing his sub machine gun from the hip, he charged the position. Although he was twice wounded in the chest, the impetus of his charge carried him forward 50 yards under intense machine gun and rifle fire and he accounted for two more of the enemy before he was killed.

Chowne was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously and was buried at the Lae War Cemetery, Lae, New Guinea.

A street in Campbell, Canberra is named after him as is Albert Chowne Memorial Hall, a community facility in Willoughby, Sydney. His VC is displayed at the Australian War Memorial.

S. Flynn

F/O Raymond Alexander "Chris" Christenson .     Royal Canadian Air Force 433 Squadron   from Kingman, Alberta, Canada)

I am looking for families of the following individuals of his crew:

  • N R209315 Edwards, I
  • AB R183923 Plaskett, M.S. believed to have been from Toronto, Ontario
  • WOP R209387 Johnstone, J.B. believed to have been from Toronto, Ontario
  • FE 1818015 Enser, M.G.
  • MU R254367 Powell, Walter Henry already located
  • RG R267389 Campbell, Cameron Clare already located


J. Christian .    

F/O C. D. Christian .     Royal Canadian Air Force bomb aimer 419 Sqd.

F/O C. D. Christian. .     419 Sqd

Sergeant A W Christie .     RAF 59 Squadron

Lorenzo del Mann

Staff Sgt. Atherton Ffolliot Powell Christie .     British Army Royal Army Service Corps

Uncle Hughie was captured at St valery and ended up in Stalag 9c POW Camp. He was also in Obermassfield Lazarette and had his legs operated on. He died from thrombosis shortly after the war due to this surgery. "God Rest his soul"

Trish Hughes

2nd.Lt. Charles Phillip Christie .     United States Army Air Corps   from Massachusetts)

Pte. James Finlayson Christie .     British Army Seaforth Highlanders   from Perth, Scotland)

My Grandfather James Christie was in the Seaforth Highlanders and was imprisoned at Stalag XX-B. I knew very little about his time there as he died when I was only 12. However, I have since come across some pictures of him in the Camp and discovered some basic information through

Lorraine Garvie

Jean Christie .     Timber Corps

Sgt Christie. .     RAF 608 Sqd (d.2nd Aug 1941)

Sub Lt. James Christon .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

My father sub lieu James Christon also served on H M S Forfar. I would appreciate any information concerning his time on board. Thanks

Maurice J Christon.

Assistant Engineer James Christon .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar   from Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

(d.2nd Dec 1940)

William Thomas Denzil Christopher .    

I was a POW from April 1941 to May 1945 at Stalag 18A.

W T D Christopher

Lieutenant (E) John James Chrystie .     Royal Naval Reserve HMS Forfar   from West Derby, Liverpool)

(d.2nd Dec 1940)

Pfc. George Evertt Chumley .     United States Army Co. D. 192nd Tank Batt.   from Nicholasville, Kentucky)

Pierre Chupin .     French Army 403é Régiment de Pionniers

My father, Pierre Chupin, was released from Stalag 7A, on the 29th of April 1945, by Capt. FA John S Martino, Jr.

Annie Chupin

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