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Henry Percival Booth

Portrait of Chief Petty Officer Henry Percival Booth, Auckland Weekly News, 29 April 1942. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19420429-22-3. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Chief Petty Officer Henry Percival Booth, Auckland Weekly News, 29 April 1942. Sir Georg …


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    Henry Percival AWMM
  • Surname
    Booth AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 December 1909 AWMM PanmureAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
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    WW2 Marjorie Susannah Booth (wife), Belmont, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • 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
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 5 December 1924 AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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About death

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  • Death
    28 March 1942 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    St NazaireFrance AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Escoublac-La-Baule War Cemetery, Loire-Atlantique, France AWMM 2 B 7 AWMM
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    • 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
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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