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Full Name
George Asher Asher
Rank Last Held
Second Lieutenant
Forename(s)
George Asher
Surname
Asher
War
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
62486
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment
Student
Next of Kin
Mr M.E. Asher (father), Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Married
Enlistment Address
95A Grafton Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Military District
Auckland
Body on Embarkation
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
28 (Maori) Battalion
Embarkation Date
21 July 1943
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel
Nieuw Amsterdam
Destination
Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
WW2 12
Page on Nominal Roll
WW2 8
Campaigns
Italy
Last Unit Served
28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death
Italy
Date of Death
18 February 1944
Age at Death
29
Year of Death
1944
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Cemetery Name
Cassino War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference
VI. K. 14
Memorial Name
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand
Biographical Notes
  • George Asher was the son of Ernest Kemp Asher and Maisie B. Asher, of Auckland; husband of Dorothy Agnes Asher, of Auckland.
  • Next of Kin differs, Mrs. D.A. Asher, 174 Khyber Pass Rd, Auckland (wife)
  • George Asher was killed in the attack on Monte Cassino in February 1944. On the night of 17/18 February the 28 Battalion was ready for the attack on the railway station. After a short prayer service conducted by Lieutenant Takurua of Ruatoki they made their way to the line, through heavy fields sown with mines. Mortar and heavy machine guns from the lower slopes of Cassino and the town began to exact a heavy toll on A and B Companies. Asher was one of the many casualties that day. Efforts were made to protect the positions of the Battalion from observation by the Germans using a smoke screen. A convoy of trucks drove to Naples 110 km away to bring the shells which were fired by 4 Field Artillery Regiment to create the smoke screen. The toll was 128 killed, wounded or captured.
  • The graphic account of the finding of George Asher's body is contained in The Story of the Maori Battalion by Wira Gardiner. Several weeks after the battle a reconnaissance party undertook a search of the area. The party was made up of Peta Awatere, Martin McCrae, Wi Huata and Norman Perry. They identified Asher 'by his distinctive swished-back hair. He had lost both legs in an explosion and had attempted to apply a tourniquet with a bit of wire tied around the top of one of his legs.' (p. 154)
Description of Image
  • Portrait from Weekly News; 5 April 1944
  • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, WW2, Panel names Adams, D.A. - Carr, W.L. (digital photo John Halpin, 2011)
Further References
Sources Used
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.

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