condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

Auckland Museum is temporarily closed

Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum is closed to the public for four weeks in step with our county’s efforts to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Find out more

Olaf Bernhard Berntsen

  • Service number
    WWI 10/2858 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Bernston AWMM
    • Bernhard AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Inter War Private AWMM
  • War
Bernhard in his Waitara Volunteers uniform - No known copyright restrictions
Bernhard in his Waitara Volunteers uniform - No known copyri … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Olaf Bernhard AWMM
  • Surname
    Berntsen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Bernston AWMM
    • Bernhard AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/2858 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    17 February 1889 AWMM WaitaraTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 14 June 1915 AWMM Mowatt Street, Waitara, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ole Berntsen (father), Mowatt Street, Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›

Military decorations

Contribute ›

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›
  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 14 June 1915 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Bushman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

Contribute ›
  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      170 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      H.10 Reported wounded France AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Severe back wound. Returned NZ Marama 6.4.1918 AWMM
    • Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
      Old age AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›
  • Last rank
    Inter War 28 April 1920 AWMM
    Medically unfit AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • A RSA memorial was attached to his parents grave

    Surname is recorded as Berntsen in Nominal Rolls, as both Bernsten and Bernston by Archives New Zealand AWMM


About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    1 November 1981 AWMM
    Age 92 AWMM
    New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Taranaki Crematorium, New Plymouth, New Zealand AWMM Memorial Area, Block 4 Plot 181B AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



Contribute ›
  • Memorial name

Roll of Honour

Remember Olaf Bernhard Berntsen by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of Olaf Bernhard Berntsen

Leave a note

Contribute ›



Contribute ›
The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.