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Full Name
Jack Arthur Charles Gabolinsky
Rank Last Held
Jack Arthur Charles
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
Date of Birth
18 October 1918
Place of Birth
New Zealand
First Known Rank
Lance Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment
Next of Kin
Mrs H. Gabolinsky (mother), Kohukohu, Northland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Enlistment Address
c/o Cashmore Bros., Putaruru, Waikato, New Zealand
Military District
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
Headquarters 18 Infantry Battalion (Auckland)
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 63
Wounds and Diseases
  • Wounded 26 March 1943 after assuming command of 16 Platoon after its commander, 2nd Lt. WP Cater, was killed in action.
  • Wounded again, details unknown.
Last Unit Served
24 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Date of Death
18 December 1951
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Biographical Notes
Gabolinsky was murdered in his bed, along with his wife and infant son, by William Giovanni Silveo Fiori on 18 December 1951. Fiori reportedly was after the 1,163 pound payroll cheque Gabolinsky had withdrawn from the bank in order to pay his workers at the Minginui mill in the Ureweras the following day. By the time Fiori was caught 24 hours later, he had already spent most of the money. Fiori was hanged for the murder on 13 March 1952, becoming the first person to be hanged in New Zealand since the election of the Labour Government in 1935.
Postwar Occupation
Sawmill manager
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic page
Further References
Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
Sources Used
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)

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