CROUCH, William "Benny"

Display Number:  0710  
Name:  Crouch  William "Benny"
Rank:  Able Seaman Service Number:  NZ14430(RNZN)  CS/SX810614(Royal Marines)
Date Joined:  3rd January 1954 (RNZN) Date Discharged:  23rd October 1971

William Crouch joined the Royal Navy as a Royal Marine Bandsman. He later transferred to the seaman branch, in which role he entered the RNZN in 1946. In the RNZN he served in two crusiers - Bellona and Royalist - two frigates - Kaniere and Waikato - as well as the Antarctic support ship Endeavour II, in addition shore establishments and the dockyard, where he was a familiar figure known to everyone as "Benny".


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • War Medal - Awarded across the British Commonwealth to all fulltime members of the Armed Force for 28 days service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 irrespective of where they were serving. On one side is an effigy of King George VI. On the reverse is a lion trampling on a dragon symbolising the Axis powers. The ribbon is the red, white and blue of the (British) Union Flag.
  • Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 1954 onward - Originally awarded for 21 years exemplary conduct, but the period was reduced to 10 years in 1874, then later increased to 15 years. In March 1981 commissioned officers became eligible after 15 years service, provided at least twelve of those were served in the ranks.