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Henry Benjamin Whiteley

Portrait, Private Whiteley. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Private Whiteley. - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry Benjamin AWMM
  • Surname
    Whiteley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    291396 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 November 1905 AWMM Manuka CreekOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre Jan 1942 AWMM Kelso, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Joseph Whitely (brother), Main Street, Gore, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      25 November 1943 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Whitely, Henry Benjamine. (Ref. WO 373/26/509). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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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
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      False teeth AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Mr Whiteley was wounded in the back of both legs by shrapnel during the Tunisian Campaign. AWMM
    • Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died of natural causes AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Died Coronary thrombosis

    Private H. B. Whiteley, MM; Rotorua; born Manuka Creek, Otago, 10 Nov 1905; forest ranger; wounded 8 May 1943. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.273.)

    'The news from the north that day was that the enemy defences were crumbling fast and that both Bizerta and Tunis had fallen. Possibly the news reached the enemy opposite. At any rate, the gunners in this force appeared more determined than ever to blaze away their reserves of ammunition in a hurry; they plastered indiscriminately the battalion's forward area, wounding Lieutenant J. L. Johnston and killing Lieutenant Max Cross. Enemy shell and mortar fire also cut the signals cables to the forward companies so often that the signallers were under pressure to maintain communications. In this connection, a comparatively new reinforcement, Private Whiteley, distinguished himself by the cheerful and efficient manner in which he repaired lines under fire. When Whiteley was wounded on the following day, other signallers such as Privates King and ‘Bluey’ Smail, and Corporals Ron and Ernie Ritchie carried on with their difficult work with equal cheerfulness and devotion to duty. Private H. B. Whiteley, MM; Rotorua; born Manuka Creek, Otago, 10 Nov 1905; forest ranger; wounded 8 May 1943.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p. 273.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 November 1975 AWMM
    Age 70 AWMM
    Mount MaunganuiTauranga AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tauranga Cemeteries, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Plot 79, Section F, No 7347 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.273. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.424 AWMM
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