Crombie, Charles Arbuthnot

Personal Details

First nameCharles
Middle nameArbuthnot
Date of birth16/03/1914
Place of birthBrisbane, Qld
Date of death26/08/1945
Place of deathWilliamtown, NSW
Cause of death

Injuries from Aircraft Accident


Son of David William Alexander Crombie & Phoebe Janet Arbuthnot

Brother of Mervyn Cobbe b.26/05/1920 d.12/06/1941 (WWII)

Charles was born when his parents were managing Caledonia. They then managed Kensington 1921-1922 before moving to Warwick.

Cousin of Donald & Peter Crombie, who also died in WWII

Husband of Betty Deane

War Records


Service number404099
Date of enlistment24/05/1940
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Qld
Next of kinBetty Crombie (wife)
Date of death26/08/1945
Place of deathWilliamtown, NSW
Cause of deathInjuries from Aircraft Accident
Memorial panel

112 Commemorative Area, Australian War Museum
Buried Newcastle (Sandgate) War Cemetery, NSW – Grave K.C.3

Posting at discharge5 Operational Training Unit
RankSquadron Leader
HonoursCompanion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Roll of honourMuttaburra & Warwick

AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force


DSO for: Night flying operations in UK, Middle East & India.
DFC for: High standard of courage and keenness whilst flying.
The DFC was presented to his wife Mrs Betty Deane Crombie.

War records state date of birth as 16/03/1915
Previous occupation - Jackaroo, "Beryl" Longreach