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Douglas Clifford Benton

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Douglas Clifford AWMM
  • Surname
    Benton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    29871 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 January 1909 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Herekino, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Avis O'Neale (sister), Featherston, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    29871 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Douglas Benton was the son of Archibald and Frances Benton (nee Williams) of Featherston, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Eldest son Of Archibald Stanley Benton And Francis Benton.
      Avis Francis Benton Sister.
      Olive Benton sister.
      Loyd Benton Brother.
      Jollife Benton Brother. Public - Barry Anthony - Other Relative - 28 April 2015 - Family history from his sister Avis Benton.
    • Eldest Child of Archibald Stanley and Frances Mary (nee WILLIAMS)
      Sisters Avis Frances; Olive Mavis
      Brothers Joff Richard: Lloyd George
      2nd cousin of Darden BENTON also died Western Desert 27 June 1942 Public - Wendy Arlene - Other relative - 13 April 2021 - NZ RGO Birth Indexs, papersPast
      Family sources
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About death

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  • Death
    26 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Sidi RezeghWestern Desert AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya AWMM 6. G. 25 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Featherston War Memorial, 89 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston, Wairarapa AWMM
    • D.C Benton is also named on the Featherston War Memorial, on State Highway 2/ Fox Street Featherston. Public - Joanne - 1 December 2017 - I am the Secretary of the Featherston Memorial RSA Inc and have been researching the names on our memorial. If you contact me at I can email you a photograph of the memorial.
      Kind regards
      Joanne Bateman

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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 38 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 April 2021Wendy ArleneWhanganuiOther relative
01 December 2017JoanneFeatherston New ZealandOther
28 April 2015Barry AnthonyFeatherston. New ZealandOther Relative

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