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Barnett Bensky

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Barnett AWMM
  • Surname
    Bensky AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Barney AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ4217049 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Jewish AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 June 1910 AWMM PerthWestern Australia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Muriel Bensky (wife), 18 Morvern Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Uruguay AWMM

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Joseph Bensky and Betsy Bensky who lived in Australia

    He married twice. His first wife was Muriel and they had a daughter named Naomi Judith Bensky.

    His second wife was Joan Ivy (m 1947) and they had two children Janine Ann b 1949 and Brett Benjamin b 1951.

    Educated at James Street School, Perth, Western Australia.

    He was first a PT Instructor based in Rotorua, then he was accepted for service with the Air Force and was based overseas in Canada and England. He served as a Navigator and Bombardier flying Lancasters over Germany.

    He founded the firm Barnett-Barnett Limited in 1935. It was the largest furniture retailer in New Zealand.

    1932 - 33 he was the Western Australian Wrestling and Boxing Champion. he was a Surf Lifesaver at Cottesloe Beach in Perth.

    In his later years he enjoyed golf and snooker.

    New Zealand Jewish Soldiers Project, biographical histories, family visits by Evelyn Jaffe, Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 January 1983 AWMM
    Age 72 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Hebrew Berm B Row 3, Plot 37 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 11 January 1983

    Obituary: Auckland Star, 10 January 1983 sect. 1 p. 2 AWMM
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