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Denston, Charles Bernard, 1921-2017



Born 24 March 1921, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Commenced employment at Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in 1937 to make tea, clean and guard the museum. Joined Territorial Army in 1939 and assigned to 288 Field Company, Royal Engineers, Norfolk. Captured by the Japanese in Singapore in February 1942 and held as a prisoner of war in Singapore, Burma and Thailand. After returning home in August 1945, became assistant to Jack Trevor, director of the new Duckworth Laboratory of Physical Anthropology and worked as technical assistant to the Duckworth until his retirement in 1986. Died 9 February 2017, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.

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Charles Bernard Denston: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10248
Scope and Contents

Autobiography, short stories, poems, personal recollections of working at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Duckworth Laboratory of Physical Anthropology in Cambridge, press cuttings and printed material on the experiences of former prisoners of war held by the Japanese.

Dates: 1938-2012
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