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Russell William Basham



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Russell William AWMM
  • Surname
    Basham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Russ AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ3881 AWMM
    • WWII 642072 AWMM
    • 22255 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 April 1925 Cenotaph Data Entry Form ParnellAuckland City Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 5 Alberon Street, Parnell AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Anna Sophia Basham(mother) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1943 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 6 April 1943 Cenotaph Data Entry Form Grocery assistant/Civilian Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Seaman Boy Cenotaph Data Entry Form

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWII AWMM
      5 feet 11 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Sandy AWMM
    • Complexion, WWII AWMM
      Fair AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 17 August 1947 AWMM Private Cenotaph Data Entry Form

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Reginald George Basham (s/n 52368) who served in WWI and II

    Brother of Mary Evelyn Basham (s/n 288) who served as a WREN in the Royal New Zealand Navy and in the Womens Auxiliary Army Corps and of Trevor Milton Basham, Bandsman in the 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment (Territorial)

    Enlisted in the Army 17 February 1947

    Also served on MV tiri, Marget in 1943 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    21 September 2001 Cenotaph Data Entry Form
    Age 76 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank AWMM Ashes in Memorial Hall, Purewa Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    RSA Last Post: September 2001 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    Merchant Navy War Medal Index Card - 1939-1945, Archives NZ (R26151682)
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Merchant Navy War Medal Card Index 1939-45, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, Series 7461. AWMM
    • Atkinson, N. (2005). Hell or high water : New Zealand merchant seafarers remember the war. HarperCollins in association with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM


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