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Full Name: Robert Henry Waldon Bentley
Rank Last Held: Pilot Officer
Forename(s): Robert Henry Waldon
Surname: Bentley
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: NZ414580
Gender: Male
Next of Kin: Mrs Jessie E. Bentley (mother), Auckland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Royal New Zealand Air Force
Campaigns: Operation Gardening
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF
Place of Death: Waddenzee, South East of Vlieland, Netherlands
Date of Death: 6 May 1943
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1943
Cause of Death: Killed on air operations
Memorial Name:
  • Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Memorial plaque, Blockhouse Bay Primary School, 584 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Roll of Honour, Blockhouse Bay Primary School, 584 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Memorial Reference: Panel 198
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of Henry Arthur Bond Bentley and Jessie Eleanor Bentley of Auckland
  • Two brothers lost their lives in WW2: Murray Waldron Bentley (NZ413806) and Robert Henry Waldon Bentley (NZ414580)
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, Weekly News, 7 July 1943
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 1
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 2
  • Blockhouse Bay Primary School Memorial plaque (photo John Halpin 2011)
  • Blockhouse Bay Primary School entrance (photo John Halpin 2011)
  • Blockhouse Bay Primary School Roll of Honour, detail (photo John Halpin 2011)
  • Blockhouse Bay Primary School Roll of Honour, full view (photo John Halpin 2011)
Further References: Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch: Volplane Press.
Sources Used:
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Weekly News, 1943
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