WASLEY, A I

Display Number:  1008  
Name:  Wasley  Alfred Ian
Rank:  Able Seaman Service Number:  1667
Date Joined:  10 June 1941 Date Discharged:  Died on Active Service 20 July 1944 aged 21.

Alfred Wasley was born in 1923, Palmerston North New Zealand. Wasley joined the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd class in October 1938, attaining the rank of Able Seaman in March 1942.  During World War Two he saw service on HMNZ ships’ LEANDER, ACHILLES and ISIS.Wasley was lost at sea when HMS ISIS hit a mine and sank off the coast of Normandy in 1944. Only 20 men survived the sinking, and ten of the twelve New Zealanders on board were lost. Their bodies were not recovered and their names are inscribed on the memorial wall inside the Navy base, Devonport.

The original ribbon from his memorial cross has been replaced with a silver chain.

 

 

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Medal Description (Left to Right):  
  • 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Note: The original purple ribbon of the Memorial Cross has been replaced by a silver chain.