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Rolph Joseph Benfield

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Wedding, WW2 of Rolph Joseph Benfield (NZ42362) and Sarah Jean Griffin of 17 October 1942 in Wellington. - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rolph Joseph AWMM
  • Surname
    Benfield AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ralph AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ42362 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 October 1911 AWMM BrooklynWellington AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 19 December 1925 AWMM 116 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 30 June 1940 AWMM 52 Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Violetta Benfield (mother), 116 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Violetta Benfield (mother), 52 Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington, 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
    • Initial Training Wing, Rotorua 12 January 1942 - 6 March 1942 AWMM
    • Elementary Flying School May - July 1942 AWMM
    • No. 1 Service Flying Training School, Wigram 11 November 1942 - 19 December 1942 AWMM
    • Bomber Aimer 1942- AWMM
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  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8.5 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Killed in an aircraft accident during flying training AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Rolph Benfield was the son of Joseph and Violetta Benfield, of Wellington, New Zealand. Husband of Sarah Jean (nee Griffin) Benfield (married 17 October 1942), father of Rolph Alistair born 17 October 1943.

    He registered for Military training aged 14 years in 1925.

    Attended Brooklyn, Island Bay and Newtown Schools.

    Attended MacKenzies Engineering Academy, Aitcken Street, Wellington

    For a number of years after leaving school he was employed in dairy factories at Maharahara and Eketahuna, then Wellington.

    F/O R. Fletcher, Officer Commanding "A" Flight wrote: " His disposition is cheerful and he has always been energetic and keen to carry out any duties allotted to him. he is hard working and shows initiative and in consequence has kept discipline at a high standard in his squad." Recommended for commission at all the training centres.

    Awarded his Flying Badge 19 October 1942.

    Still single at attestation, his next of kin was later his wife, Mrs S.J. Benfield, 73 Devonshire Road, Miramar, Wellington.

    Pilot Officer Benfield was the 2nd Pilot of a Hudson aircraft which crashed into the Waitemata harbour between Hobsonville and Pine Island on 25th January 1943 during a training exercise. Both occupants of the aircraft lost their lives.

    Name is often spelled incorrectly as Ralph. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    25 January 1943 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers 17. E/3. AWMM
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Memorials

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  • Rest In Peace Grandad Benfield. Sadly never met but missed.

    Lynda
    Public - Lynda Jane - Direct descendant - 24 August 2019
  • Today I am remembering my Great Uncle, Rolf ... my mother Maureen's uncle, my grandmother Gwendolyn's little brother.

    Rest in peace, Uncle Rolf.
    Public - Steven - Direct descendant - 18 June 2018

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24 August 2019Lynda JaneAucklandDirect descendant
18 June 2018StevenBrisbaneDirect descendant