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Barndt August Mattson

Panel 4: Royal New Zealand Navy - Engine Room Artificers Fourth Class Nalder - Sturgeon, Stoker Petty Officers, Leading Stokers, Stokers First Class, Stokers Second Class Burton - Morton (digital photo John Halpin 2011) - CC BY John Halpin

Panel 4: Royal New Zealand Navy - Engine Room Artificers Fourth Class Nalder - Sturgeon, Stoker Pett …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Barndt August AWMM
  • Surname
    Mattson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Matson AWMM
  • Service number
    T/124 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
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr benjamin Matson (father), Whenuapai, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


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
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

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 in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Struck a mine AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Barndt Mattson was the son of Barndt Henry and Amy Annie Mattson (nee Scobbie), of Hamilton East, New Zealand.

    Barndt Henry Mattson had served in the Boer War.

    Mattson was one of the five crew of the coaster SS Puriri, a minesweeper, killed when the vessel was sunk by mine.

    HMNZS Puriri was a mine sweeper. It sank off Bream Head when it hit a drifting mine. Five crew died and five were injured. In all 26 crew members were picked up.

    A commemoration scroll and memorial cross worn by Mattson's mother until she died, are items in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, no. 1. 'Our Small Ships' exhibit,' Scars on the Heart' exhibition. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • HMS Puriri Memorial, Ocean Beach, Whangarei, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hamilton War Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East 3216 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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