BARFORD, Bryan John

Display Number:  1507  
Name:  Barford  Bryan John

 Able Seaman

Service Number:  NZD 1510
Date Joined:  19 May 1937 Date Discharged: 19 December 1941 (killed on active service) 

Bryan Barford joined the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in 1937. His first posting was to HMS PHILOMEL where he remained until May 1938. During 1938 and 1939 he served in HMS LEANDER as she completed two Pacific Island and one Australian cruise. Barford continued to serve in HMS LEANDER until October 1941 when he was posted to HMS NEPTUNE.

HMS NEPTUNE was part of a fleet that patrolled the Mediterranean during December 1941. On 10 December 9141 she sailed into a mine field off the coast of Tripoli and sank. From a crew of 750, including 150 New Zealanders, there was only one survivor. 

Bryan Barford was aged 20 when he lost his life onboard HMS NEPTUNE.


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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • 1939-1945 Star - Recognises service in the Second World War. It was usually awarded for six months service in special operational areas. Those whose service was shortened by death, injury or capture or who were awarded a decoration or mentioned in despatches also qualified for the medal. Those who served a day or more in specified battles or invasions also qualified for this award. The ribbon has three equal vertical stripes of dark blue (symbolising Navy and Merchant Navy), red (symbolising Army) and light blue (representing Air Force).
  • Africa Star - Awarded for service in North Africa between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943. The ribbon is pale buff in colour with a central vertical red stripe and narrower stripes, one dark blue and one light blue. The pale buff background symbolises the desert, the red stripe symbolises the Army, the dark blue stripe symbolises the Navy and Merchant Navy, while the light blue stripe symbolises the Air Force. New Zealand soldiers who were captured or killed in Greece or Crete in 1941 had qualified for this star before entering Greece. This was because they were based in Egypt on or after 10 June 1940, before being sent to Greece.
  • The Defence Medal - Awarded to British military and civilian personnel for a range of service in the United Kingdom, and to British, British Commonwealth and British Colonial personnel who served outside their home countries in a non-operational area or in an area subject to threat such as air attack. The centre of the ribbon is flame coloured, and the edges are green, symbols of the enemy attacks on Great Britain. Two black stripes represent the blackout in Great Britain.
  • 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.
  • New Zealand War Service Medal - Awarded for 28 days' full time service or six months' part time service in any of the New Zealand Armed Forces, the New Zealand National Military Reserve or the Home Guard between 3 September  1939 and 2 September 1945. Eligible part time Home Guard Personnel must have completed their six months' part time service between 16 August 1940 and 1 January 1944 (the Home Guard was disbanded in December 1943). It was the first distinctively 'New Zealand' war service medal, which was emphasised by the use of the fern leaf motif on the suspender and the reverse of the medallion, and the national colours of black and white on the ribbon.
  • Memorial Cross - Originally granted to the next-of-kin of persons who had lost their lives on active service with the New Zealand forces during the Second World War, or who had subsequently died of wounds or illness contracted during that conflict.

Note, The ribbons shown without ribbons are sports badges for life saving and swimming awarded to Bryan Barford.