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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