FIJI GUERILLAS Masefield, Ben

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  • SURNAME
Masefield
  • FORENAME
Ben
  • UNIT
New Zealand Commandos
  • RANK
Lieutenant
  • NUMBER
72165
  • DATE OF DEATH
11th July 1943
  • AGE
23
  • GRAVESITE
Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery,New Caledonia 4.7
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
from Blenheim,New Zealand
born New Zealand 21.4.1920
son of William Norris and Amouri Beryl Masefield,Kekerangu,Marlborough,New Zealand
single
farmer in civilian life
award Mention in Despatches
KIA New Georgia
 
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Ben Masefield, a most able leader, was the first New Zealand casualty among the commandos. He had spent some days with four of his Tongans in enemy territory, reaching the Bairoko Trail and moving along it to the outskirts of the Munda airfield. He was unfortunately killed while patrolling ahead of the Americans, caught in their artillery barrage. Two of the Tongans were wounded by splinters from the shell which killed their leader.

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Paci-_N87992.html#n266
 
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