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Harold Joseph Beale

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Beale AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ416871 AWMM
    • WWII 416871 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Circa 1908 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Wife: Mrs B. E. Beale, 14 Duart Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Radio Mechanic RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Harold Beale was the son of Joseph William Waimea Beale and of Maud Amelia Beale (nee Brown); Husband of Beryl Mary Edith Beale of Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand.

    15 July 1943 - Three occupants of a Royal New Zealand Air Force machine lost their lives when the aeroplane crashed after taking off from a North Island air station shortly after 5pm. Those killed were:
    Squadron-leader Wilfred Maurice Chalk WILLIAMS, D.F.C., 31 years, whose wife resides in Feilding.
    Leading-Aircraftman Harold Thomas Joseph BEALE, 34 years, whose wife is Mrs B E Beale, of Mount Eden, Auckland.
    Acting Corporal Wilfred Nixon GIBBONS, 22 years, whose father is Mr W W Gibbons, of Parnell, Auckland.
    Squadron Leader Williams is a son of the Rev. Canon W. G. Williams, of Napier. Squadron-Leader Williams was serving with the Royal Air Force before the outbreak of war. About the middle of 1939 he was transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force for posting to the New Zealand Squadron. He was awarded the D.F.C. in November, 1940. Acting-Corporal Gibbons, aged 21, was the only son of Mr and the late Mrs W W Gibbons, of 7 York Street, Parnell. He joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force about two years ago, and had seen six months service in the South Pacific area. He will be buried at Waikumete Soldiers' Cemetery on Monday morning with full military honours. Leading Aircraftman Beale, aged 34, was the husband of Mrs B K Beale, of 6 Eldon Road, Mount Eden. He was the son of Mr W Beale, of Waikanae. Before enlisting, he was on the staff o£ the N.I.M.U. Insurance Company. He was with the R.N.Z.A.F. in the South Pacific area for over six months. He is survived by his wife and an infant daughter. Auckland Star, Volume LXXIV, Issue 168, 17 July 1943, Page 4

    Attended Palmerston North Boys' High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 July 1943 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Protestant Soldiers Area A, Row 4A, Grave 21 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM

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