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Ben Masefield

Ben Masefield - This image may be subject to copyright

Ben Masefield - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ben AWMM
  • Surname
    Masefield AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 72165 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
    Ellerton, P.B., Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr William Norris Masefield (father), Ellerton, P.B., Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 72165 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William Norris Masefield (25/10) and Amouri Beryl Masefield, of Kekerangu, Marlborough.

    Related to the family Hammond.

    Attended Christ's College School List (Seventh Edition) 1850 to 1965 lists his achievements in 1938:

    Head Prefect, was awarded the Ormsby Medal [only given out to outstanding pupils - awarded about every 5 years]

    Member of Cricket Eleven; Shot Put champion; Captain 1st XV; Captain School Cadets; Best Cadet in Southern Command (All of South Island).

    New Tonga Defense Force Masefield House opened 1974. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 July 1943 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Solomon IslandsMelanesia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM 4.07 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • War Memorial, Pangai Si'i , Nuku'alofa, Tonga AWMM
    • Kaikoura War Memorial, 34 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300 AWMM
    • Marlborough War Memorial, Second World War Panel AWMM

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  • he Queen's first official duty after landing at Nukualofa, Tonga, was to lay a wreath on the War Memorial. Heading the names on the memorial is that of Lieut. B. Masefield, the rest are Tongan.
    Public - Dave Hartley - Other Relative - 15 April 2015
  • Ben Masefield Number 4336 House Flower's Years 1933 - 1938 History Son of WN Masefield (1657). Brother of Robert (4337). World War 2: Lieutenant, 1 Commando Fiji Guerillas; Silver Star (USA); Mentioned In Despatches; Pacific. Killed in action in Solomon Islands, July 1943. Country New Zealand
    Public - Dave Hartley - Other Relative - 15 April 2015



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23 April 2017VickyAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
15 April 2015Dave HartleyAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative

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