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Kenneth Basil Booker

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Portrait of Warrant Officer Kenneth Basil Booker, Auckland Weekly News, 13 May 1942. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19420513-22-22. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Warrant Officer Kenneth Basil Booker, Auckland Weekly News, 13 May 1942. Auckland Librar …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth Basil AWMM
  • Surname
    Booker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 9259 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 November 1915 AWMM NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 140 Sydney Street West, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs James H. Booker ( father), 140 Sydney Street West, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 9259 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    19 March 1942 AWMM
    'On 24 November 1941 during the action on the escarpment south of the TOBRUK-BARDIA Road, Libya, this non-commissioned officer was accompanying his Company Commander through fairly heavy rifle and mortar fire when the Company Commander was wounded. Warrant Officer Booker dragged him to a place of comparative safety and then, proceeding to Company Headquarters, organised the personnel so as to meet any attack. During the whole of this time the area was being swept by enemy fire but he showed no hesitation and his coolness and courage in the face of fire was outstanding.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Booker, Kenneth Basil. (Ref. WO 373/19/447). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Warehouseman/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded May 1941 AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Hugh James Booker, and of Alice Gwendoline Booker (nee Cameron), of Napier, Hawke's Bay AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 July 1942 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM XXVIII. A. 15. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 19 March 1942, p.1262.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35492/supplements/1262
      Further Reference
    • 'On 24 November 1941 during the action on the escarpment south of the TOBRUK-BARDIA Road, Libya, this non-commissioned officer was accompanying his Company Commander through fairly heavy rifle and mortar fire when the Company Commander was wounded. Warrant Officer Booker dragged him to a place of comparative safety and then, proceeding to Company Headquarters, organised the personnel so as to meet any attack. During the whole of this time the area was being swept by enemy fire but he showed no hesitation and his coolness and courage in the face of fire was outstanding.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Booker, Kenneth Basil. (Ref. WO 373/19/447). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7358886
      Further Reference
    • Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
      https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2092429
      Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 21 AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      MM. London Gazette, 1942 Vol 1 p. 1262 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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