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William George Clifford Bengough

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William George Clifford AWMM
  • Surname
    Bengough AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    1222 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    1222 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The Hudson aircraft was shot down by 8 Japanese Zero aircraft on patrol. "When the New Georgia campaign was about a week old, he (Bengough) voluntered to fly "up the slot" with a Royal New Zealand Air Force Hudson on a routine reconnaissance. Off Baga Island the Hudson was attacked by Zeros and shot down into the sea. Some of its occupants managed to get into the water, only to be strafed by the Zeros as they were swimming for shore, two miles distant. One man, a sergeant, survived and he was badly wounded. He said afterwards that he believed Bengough was killed by the opening burst, not among those who died in the water." - "Among Those Present" (Official Story of the Pacific Islands at War) H.M.S.O. 1946 page 56.

    Bengough was the Officer Commanding the British Solomon Islands Protectorate Defence Force and Resident Commissioner. He was the most senior British officer to die during the Solomon Islands campaign. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 July 1943 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
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  • Date of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    http://www.cwgc.org
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Volunteers: the Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society AWMM
      The Volunteers, Vol 13, February 1987Ross, J. M. S. History of the Royal New Zealand Airforce, p. 198. AWMM
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