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Robert Murray Bennett

Portrait, Murray Bennett in uniform. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Murray Bennett in uniform. - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Murray AWMM
  • Surname
    Bennett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Murray Bennett AWMM
  • Service number
    38204 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 August 1918 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • 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
  • Relationship status
    Pre 19 December 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    38204 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 June 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Civil servant/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6.75 feet AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Green AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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About death

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  • Death
    4 April 2003 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Rose Garden Ash Area, Plot No. 58 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2003 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • 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
      (copy) AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: 5 April 2003 AWMM

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