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Full Name: James William Bird
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): James William
Surname: Bird
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 68039
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Mrs H. Bird (sister), Murupara, Rotorua, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Murupara, New Zealand
Military District: Rotorua
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Embarkation Date: 21 February 1944 or 31 March 1944
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Mooltan or Willem Ruys
Destination: Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 13
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 13
Campaigns: Italy
Last Unit Served: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death: Italy
Date of Death: 15 December 1944
Age at Death: 24
Year of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Faenza War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: III. F. 3.
Memorial Name:
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
  • Whakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua
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)
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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