Henry Percival AWMM
Also known as
WWII NZ673 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW2 Marjorie Susannah Booth (wife), Belmont, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Medals and Awards
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) AWMM
DSM. Awarded for mental and physical endurance as a quartermaster of H.M.S. Fiji when it sank off Crete. As action quartermaster in the lower steering position, said his citation, 'he performed his duties without fault throughout the long and trying action which ended with the loss of the ship. Rudder orders were frequent and often drowned by the noise of gunfire and bomb explosions. He made no mistake and remained cheerful, even when the ship listed 25 degrees, lighting was failing and near compartments were being flooded. His performance was one that demanded physical and mental endurance of a high order. His conduct and fine leadership were an inspiration to those around him.' From Waters, S.D. (1956). The Royal New Zealand Navy. AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Henry Booth was the son of Percival Booth and of Olive Booth (nee Doube), of Auckland; husband of Marjorie Susannah Booth, of Belmont, Auckland.
He joined the Royal Navy on 5 December 1924, the day after he turned 15.
Chief Petty Officer Booth was killed on 28 March 1942, when the Campbelltown, carrying five thousand tons of explosives and several commando troops, rammed the great Normandie dock at St. Nazaire.
Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna. AWMM
- Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
- Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Roll of Honour
Remember Henry Percival Booth by laying a poppy.
Leave a note
Leave a tribute or memory of
Henry Percival Booth
|04 August 2015||robbie||warkworth nz||Researcher||
The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.