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Beamish Blake Bruford

Beamish Blake Bruford (right hand side) and another unidentified soldier walking

Beamish Blake Bruford (right hand side) and another unidentified soldier walking


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Beamish Blake AWMM
  • Surname
    Bruford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Beam AWMM
  • Service number
    • 1/1572152 AWMM
    • 41591 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 September 1917 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 8 August 1940 AWMM Shortt Avenue, Mangere Bridge, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Madge Lilian Bruford (mother), Shortt Avenue, Mangere Bridge, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 18 March 1943 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW2 8 August 1940 AWMM
      Age 21 AWMM
      Salesman/Civilian AWMM
    • WW2 3 February 1941 AWMM
      Age 23 AWMM 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 4.25 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart attack AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Royal Army Medical Core, Papakura 14 August 1940 - 14 December 1940 (discharged at own request). New Zealand 1 November 1941 - 17 March 1943 (1 year 137 days).

    Overseas from 18 March 1943 to 30 December 1943 (288 days). Back to New Zealand 31 December 1943 to 5 February 1944 (37 Days).

    Promoted to Lance Sergeant 30 June 1943.

    Two sons, brothers Beamish Blake Bruford (1/1572152 2/415941) and Percival Ian Bruford (34405) served in WW2

    Married Hilda Alice George (Source: Mangere Historical Society)

    Son of Charles Frederick and Madge Lillian (nee Pullman) Bruford (Source: Mangere Historical Society) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 October 1999 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
    Mangere BridgeAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Mangere Public Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Row F Plot 18, Red Block. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    Births, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records online
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 10: WW2 12 AWMM
    • Mangere Historical Society: This record was kindly researched by the Mangere Historical Society. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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