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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
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