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Full Name: James Malcolm Becroft
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): James Malcolm
Surname: Becroft
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 23883
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Orchard labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs H.L. Becroft (mother), Point Albert Rural Delivery, Wellsford, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Care of P. Becroft & Co, Point Albert, Wellsford, New Zealand
Military District: Warkworth
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 24 Infantry Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 33
Campaigns: Western Desert
Last Unit Served: 24Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Sidi Rezegh, Libya
Date of Death: 25 November 1941
Age at Death: 29
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya
Grave Reference: 6. K. 23.
Memorial Name:
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Family memorial, Port Albert Cemetery
  • Port Albert War Memorial, WW2 remembrance arch and 1939 - 1945 gates, Port Albert, Rodney District
  • Wellsford War Memorial Library, Wellsford, New Zealand
  • Roll of Honour, Wellsford War Memorial Library, WW1 & WW2, Wellsford, New Zealand
Biographical Notes: Private Becroft was the son of Harold Leslie and Nancy Hilda Becroft, of Port Albert
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941
  • Family memorial on the grave of his parents, Port Albert Cemetery (digital photo John Halpin 2010)
  • Name panel beginning Becroft - Port Albert War Memorial, WW2 (digital photo John Halpin 2010)
  • Port Albert War Memorial, WW2 remembrance arch and 1939 - 1945 gates
  • Roll of Honour, WW1 & WW2, Wellsford War Memorial Library (photo J. Halpin November 2010)
  • Wellsford Memorial Library, front (photo John Halpin November 2010)
  • Wellsford Memorial Library, side (photo John Halpin November 2010)
Further References: Albertland & Districts Museum, Memorial Park, Wellsford, New Zealand
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
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
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