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Benjamin Barrington

Portrait from Weekly News; 19 January 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from Weekly News; 19 January 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Benjamin AWMM
  • Surname
    Barrington AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 31625 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 October 1901 AWMM MartonRangitikei AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 107 Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs C. Barrington (wife), 107 Cashmere Avenue, Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO Citation: NZ Gazette, 30 April 1946. "For most distinguished service and outstanding devotion to duty. Colonel Barrington has served in the field through almost every campaign of the 2nd New Zealand Division during the last five years. As a result of the great organising and administrative ability he displayed he became AA and QMG of the division in 1942 and held that appointment (the highest administrative position in the field in 2 NZEF) for the next two years. At all times during his five years service Colonel Barrington has shown the greatest resolution and coolness in grave situations. Instances have been many, especially during the difficult earlier campaigns e.g. during the last days of the evacuation from Greece where he was Staff Captain of the last brigade to leave, (6 NZ Brigade) at Sidi Rezagh [sic] in 1941 and during the difficult battles to stabilize the line at Alamein. This coolness in action and in face of difficulties stood Colonel Barrington in good stead again in the Italian campaign. At Cassino when the NZ Corps was formed temporarily, Colonel Barrington, without a Corps administrative staff, organised the administration of three divisions in a most efficient manner despite the many problems with which he was confronted. In the Cassino battles, at Florence, and in the operations to break the Gothic line, Colonel Barrington maintained the same high standard of the administrative services. By regular visits to the forward units often under fire, he saw for himself and dealt with problems with a first hand knowledge of what was required. Always cheerful, always efficient whatever the situation, Colonel Barrington was an inspiration to superiors and subordinates alike." AWMM
    • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM
    • Medal for Outstanding Acts (Greece) AWMM
      Greek Medal for Outstanding Services: For assisting 3 Greek Mountain Brigade in training and during the battles of Rimini, Bellaria and Rubicone in Italy 1944, as Assistant Director of Medical Services New Zealand Division AWMM
    • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) (Military) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General (AA & QMG), 2 NZ Division, 1942-44.

    Deputy Adjutant and Quartermaster General (DA & QMG), 2 NZ Corps, 1944.

    Commandant, Royal NZ Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RNZEME), 1949. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    17 April 1954 AWMM
    Age 52 AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
    Greek Awards to New Zealanders Retrieved on 25 April 2011
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 14 AWMM

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