BOOTH, Petty Officer Henry P.

Henry Percival Booth joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as Boy, Second Class, on 5 December 1924, at the age of 15 years.  One of the ships in which he served was HMS Fiji in which he was Quartermaster when the ship was sunk in the Battle of Crete.  For his actions on this occasion he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

 

Petty Officer Henry P. Booth DSM NZ 673

Henry Percival Booth joined the Royal New Zealand Navy as Boy, Second Class, on 5 December 1924, at the age of 15 years.  After undergoing his preliminary training in HMS Philomel, he was drafted to HMS Dunedin where he was rated Ordinary Seaman on 4 December 1926.  He subsequently transferred to HMS Diomede where he was rated Able Seaman on 4 June 1928.

In July 1928, he was sent to the United Kingdom to undergo torpedo training in HMS Vernon.  On completion of his course there, he saw service in HMS Renown from 23 November 1928 to 10 July 1929, when he returned to New Zealand for further service in what was then the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy.  On 9 July 1934, he was advanced to Leading Seaman and served in this rating in various ships until rated Petty Officer on 1 June 1937.

On 15 October 1940, having volunteered for service with the Royal Navy, he was drafted to HMS Sheba and subsequently saw service in several of HM Ships and Establishments overseas.  One of the ships in which he served was HMS Fiji in which he was Quartermaster when the ship was sunk in the Battle of Crete.  For his actions on this occasion Petty Officer Booth was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Petty Officer Booth was subsequently reported missing from 28 March 1942, as a result of operations during the raid on St. Nazaire, where he was on board HMS Campbelltown.  His death was officially presumed on 29 June 1943.

Petty Officer Booth was a married man with one son who was born on 20 February 1937.