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Henry William Barnett

Photograph of Trevor James Arnold, with Captain Barnett, Lieutenant Chapman and Warrant Officer Johnston. 'I was contemplating to grow a "mow" for a while.' Image kindly provided by Faye Brea (November 2020).

Photograph of Trevor James Arnold, with Captain Barnett, Lieutenant Chapman and Warrant Officer John …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry William AWMM
  • Surname
    Barnett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 4292 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 January 1906 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 301 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs E.W. Barnett (mother), Bath Street, Levin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) (Military) AWMM
      London Gazette 13/12/1945 "For outstanding services to the 2NZEF for the past five years, serving with distinction in the campaigns of the Western Desert of 1940, 1941/42, 1942/43, Egypt, Tunisia, and Italy. He gained his commission in the field, proving himself an able workshop officer, giving the NZ Army Service Corps the full benefit of civil training, experience and proficiency. During his period as a senior workshops officer in Italy, he was responsible for the maintenance of all the NZASC transport of the division and attached NZASC units. The period proved a hard strain on vehicles, heavy in milage, contending with bad roads, snow and mud, and it was due to a large extent to his skill, initiative and rive that vehicle maintenace was of the division, which has been no mean task, partiuclarly during the rapid advance from the River Sebio to Trieste. By devotion to his work, his untiring efforts, his continual cheerfulnees and encouragement to his officers and men, his example in the disregard of his personal safety, his outstandingability, the tanks and other vehicles of the divison had avaliable at all times more petrol than was actually used. With obstacles to be crossed and re-crossed, road congestion, mileage aggregating some quarter of a million, rain and mud problems, it would appear almost insurmountable but notwithstanding all this, his company deliever to the divison a daily average of 31694 gallons of petrol, all due to his outstanding leadership. He contributed in no small measure to the success of the division in the final overthrow of the enemy in Italy." Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds, p. 25 AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Motor Mechanic/Military AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 14 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM
      p. 25 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls J-force personnel from Italy Middle East to Japan. Archives New Zealand (R22440245) AWMM
      p.162 AWMM

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