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Full Name
Gordon Alexander Muir
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Gordon Alexander
Surname
Muir
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
42419
Date of Birth
25 November 1916
Place of Birth
Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand
Religion
Presbyterian
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Tailor
Next of Kin
Mrs L. Muir, Rolleston Street, Thames, New Zealand (mother)
Enlistment Address
Pollen Street, Thames, New Zealand
Embarkation Unit
5 Reinforcement, 27 Battalion
Embarkation Date
7 April 1941
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel
Mauretania
Last Unit Served
27 (Machine Gun) Battalion
Place of Death
Western Desert (El Daba)
Date of Death
5 July 1942
Age at Death
26
Year of Death
1942
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Cemetery Name
El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
Grave Reference
XXVIII. F. 22.
Biographical Notes
  • The following was supplied but with no details as to the source of the material:
  • Born and educated in Thames, Gordon was appreciated for his healthy youth and sportsmanship - he was a Thames junior rugby representative and keen hockey and swimming enthusiast- and his passing will be mourned by many outside the family circle.
  • Private Muir was a pupil of this school during the years 1929-34. He obtained his Senior Free Place in 1931, and in the same year passed the Public Service Entrance Examination. In 1933 he passed the University Entrance Exam. His indoor scholastic work was uniformly good, and outdoors he was prominent both in Athletics and Cricket, being a member of the 1st XI in 1933 and in 1934.
  • Roll of Honour. Muir - Died of wounds in Egypt. July 5 1942, Gordon Alexander dearly loved younger twin son of Mr and Mrs S.C. Muir, Rolleston Street, Thames and loving brother of Elsa and Douglas; aged 25 years. Thy will be done.
  • Advice has been received by Mr S.C. Muir of Thames, that his son, Private G.A. Muir , has been injured while on active service overseas. Private Muir left NZ with the Fifth Echelon and served in the last campaign in Libya. He was recently in Syria.
  • The many friends of Mr and Mrs Muir, of Thames , will learn with regret that their son, Gordon, who was reported wounded in the fighting in Egypt, has died of wounds. This intelligence was conveyed to his parents yesterday.
Description of Image
  • Portrait
  • Portrait, Weekly News
Previous Military Experience
Territorials, Hauraki

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