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Basil Allenby Wentworth Worthington

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Basil Allenby Wentworth AWMM
  • Surname
    Worthington AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    67095 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 June 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 18 Manukau Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs F. Worthington (mother), 18 Manukau Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    67095 AWMM
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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 20 April 1943 AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Son of Alfred Henry Worthington, and of Florence May Worthington, of Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Lance Sergeant B. A. W. Worthington, MM; born NZ 29 Jun 1919; labourer; wounded 20 Apr 1943; killed in action 19 Dec 1943.
    (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.261.)

    'Hirst took over from Shaw and, while the platoons were fighting a 50-yard duel with the enemy, firing through loopholes in their stone forts against their adversaries on rooftops and behind doorways, Manahi and 13 Maori volunteers rejoined the garrison. The Maori sergeant and the pakeha lieutenant discussed the problem of winning back the pinnacle, and decided that two parties, one from each battalion, advancing from different directions would attempt to rush the buildings. It was also decided to soften the opposition before the attempt, and Manahi tried to get the 28 Battalion mortars on the flat below to range on the pinnacle, but the distance was too great. Captain Harding, forward observation officer 5 Field Regiment, had arrived by this time to set up an observation post, and suggested sniping with a 25-pounder. There was no room for mistakes with less than fifty yards between the parties, but it was decided to give it a go. There was some fine artillery shooting as, step by step, the range was lifted up the hill, until finally three shells were landed slap onto the target. The parties commanded by Corporal Worthington and Sergeant Weepu worked cautiously to within thirty yards of their objective, then rushed the buildings. They returned very puzzled indeed, for there was no enemy except a dead Italian. The mystery was explained when a rope was found dangling over the precipice, showing the way the enemy had come and gone. Lance Sergeant B. A. W. Worthington, MM; born NZ 29 Jun 1919; labourer; wounded 20 Apr 1943; killed in action 19 Dec 1943. (text from 28 (Maori) Battalion) The FOO got a 25-pounder from E Troop 28 Battery, at about 8000 yards, to range its shells up the side of the hill a few yards at a time. It took fifty rounds to bring the gun on to the target but the last three were dead on.

    Meanwhile three assaulting parties had been detailed: one of seven Maoris led by Manahi, one of seven pakehas led by Lance-Corporal Worthington35 of 21 Battalion, and one of twelve Maoris and some 21 Battalion men led by Sergeant Weepu. The first two rushed the mosque and the third covered the pinnacle, but the enemy had left as mysteriously as he had arrived.

    Enemy mortar reaction was immediate and there were more casualties, but by this time the artillery FOOs had both observation and communication with their guns; one by one the mortars were silenced and the Italians made to realise that this time Takrouna was definitely lost.

    Takrouna village itself was so situated that the field guns could not get at it so one of the new 17-pounder anti-tank guns, hitherto kept in the background, was brought up into action by Major Fairbrother while the Brigadier was with the forward troops. Sergeant Manahi had decided that he had been a target long enough, so when the solid shots were ripping through the stone buildings and creating confusion and despondency among the enemy hidden there, he collected a couple of other Maoris and went out on a private reconnaissance. He patrolled north-west towards the two captured 25-pounders that Corporal Ruha had dealt with the previous day and which had not been removed during the night. There several posts were stalked and captured and Manahi felt better. Lance Sergeant B. A. W. Worthington, MM; born NZ 29 Jun 1919; labourer; wounded 20 Apr 1943; killed in action 19 Dec 1943.
    ' (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p. 261.; Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. pp. 307-8.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy AWMM XII. F. 13. AWMM
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    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • I am So proud of my great uncle basil after reading this. Your great neice gina x
    Public - Gina - Direct descendant - 27 April 2019
  • In loving memory of Uncle Basil!!! So proud of you and what you did for our country. Love from your Nephew - Lance



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 232 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      pp.261, 262, 287, 301-2, 303. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.307-8. AWMM


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