Robert Murray AWMM
Also known as
Murray Bennett AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 20 June 1940 AWMM 9 Kakariki Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
John Bennett (father), 9 Kakariki Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 19 December 1940 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Height, Unknown Period AWMM
6.75 feet AWMM
- Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
- Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
Murray was the son of John and Winifred (nee Courtney) Bennett.
Husband of June Edith Clark. Murray and June had five children.
He attended Mt Albert Grammar School.
Civil Servant, working for the Public Trust Office in Rotorua before enlistment
After the war he spent a period of three years learning about sheep farming at Manawaru followed and in 1949. With a Rehabilitation loan a farm was purchased in Aicken Road, Paparimu, which would be their home for the next 41 years.
Murray was a member of the Franklin County Council (later Franklin District Council), for 25 years and for 10 of those years as Deputy Chairman. He also served on the Auckland Regional Authority for 9 years from 1974 to 1983, being chairman of the Water Board for 3 years.
Murray was also an Elder at the Brethren Church at Pukekohe, and a member of the Paparimu School Committee. In 1960 Murray and June made available a cottage on their property for use as a camp by the Every Boys Rally, which was a uniformed movement attached to the Open Brethren Church. The first camp was held by Epsom Rally in August 1960 and many other groups also made use of it over the years until 1990 when the property was sold as Murray no longer felt able to carry on with the farm work. During the 1960's a group of senior boys from Tamaki Rally helped paint the inside of the cottage at Paparimu.
Murray and June retired to a town house in the Auckland suburb of St Heliers, where they continued their interest in community affairs by supplying meals to a school in a neighbouring suburb.
A funeral service was held for Murray in Tamaki Community Church, Court Crescent, Tamaki.
His wife June Edith Bennett died 27 April 2010 in Auckland. AWMM
4 April 2003 AWMM
Age 84 AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Rose Garden Ash Area, Plot No. 58 AWMM
Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2003 AWMM
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- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
WW2 3: WW2 37 AWMM
- Auckland Museum Armoury Resource Centre, Biographical vertical file AWMM
Military Service Record (copy) AWMM
- The New Zealand Herald AWMM
Death notice: 5 April 2003 AWMM
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