MATTSON, B A
|Rank:||Petty Officer Stoker||Service Number:||T/124|
|Date Joined:||22 August 1940||Date Discharged:||Died on active service 14 May 1941 aged 29|
Barndt Mattson was born 11 April 1912 in New Zealand.
Before the outbreak of World War Two, Mattson was a merchant seaman. He joined the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy as a Reservist in 1940. His first role was as an Oil Burner before becoming a Stoker in 1941. Mattson was one of five crew lost at sea when HMS PURIRI struck a mine off Bream Head, Hauraki Gulf. PURIRI was a mine sweeper sailing with the 25th Minesweeping Flotilla and was the only naval loss in New Zealand waters during World War Two.
Mattson’s memorial cross was turned into a brooch and worn by his mother.
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