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John Arthur Barstow

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New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 6: Royal New Zealand Navy - Joiners Fourth Class, Plumber Fourth Class, Painters Fourth Class, Writers, Supply Assistants, Cooks, Assistant Cooks, Leading Steward, Stewards (digital photo John Halpin 2011) - CC BY John Halpin

New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport, Panel 6: Royal New Zealand Navy - Joiners Fourth Class, Plumb …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Barstow AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 2369 AWMM
    • WWII NZD2369 AWMM
    • WWII NZD2369 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 December 1920 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs R.A. Barstow, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Drowned AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • John Barstow was the son of Robert Arthur and Mary Beatrice Barstow of Auckland city. He attended King's College (Town House) from 1934-37. He is commemorated at the Royal New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport and also at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

    About 484 New Zealanders died on service with the Royal Navy and John Barstow was one of 150 who lost their lives when the cruiser Neptune sank off Tripoli.

    Neptune's Legacy by Nixie Taverner. HMS Neptune was launched at Portsmouth on 31 January 1933. She was one of five 'Leander' class light cruisers completed between 1933 and 1935. Two others were HMS Achilles and Leander serving in the RNZN. They displaced 7,200 tons, could make 32 knots and carried eight 6 inch guns and 550 crew. The Neptune was in the Mediterranean from 1 December 1941 as part of Force K which was searching for Axis shipping, especially those taking supplies to Rommel in North Africa. Early on the 19th the ships of Force K ran into a minefield.The Neptune hit three or four mines and sank with only one survivor. At the same time the Aurora was badly damaged and Penelope slightly.Trying to reach Neptune to assist, the destroyer Kandahar was mined and had to be scuttled the following day. On the same day in Alexandria harbour the Queen Elizabeth with Admiral Cunningham on board and the Valiant were both badly damaged and sank.The Mediterranean Fleet battle squadron ceased to exist. Of the total crew of 766 there was only one survivor.He was rescued off a raft five days later by an Italian destroyer and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    19 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. AWMM
    • Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12 AWMM

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