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Full Name
George Gabriel Bird
Rank Last Held
Lance Corporal
Forename(s)
George Gabriel
Surname
Bird
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
4204
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Lance Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment
Carpenter
Next of Kin
Mr W.F. Bird (grandfather), Murupara, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Murupara, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Military District
Rotorua
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 2nd Echelon
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 2
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 19
Campaigns
Crete
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Crete
Date of Death
27 May 1941
Age at Death
28
Year of Death
1941
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete, Greece
Grave Reference
15. B. 8.
Memorial Name
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Auckland Domain, an Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941.
  • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua
Biographical Notes
Lance Corporal Bird was the son of Joseph Bird and of Anni Bird (nee Wharewera), of Murupara, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Description of Image
  • Portrait, Weekly News
  • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, (photo J Chong, 1998)
  • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Roll of Honour 1939-1945 (photo J Chong, 1998)
  • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, comemorative plaque (photo J Chong, 1998)
Additional Information
Enlistment details vary: they also show next of kin as Mrs M.M. Bird, Murupara.
Further References
28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945. URL: http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz
Sources Used
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com | Auckland Museum