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Full Name: Sydney Joseph Bird
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Sydney Joseph
Surname: Bird
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 65445
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Shepherd
Next of Kin: Mrs A.T. Bird (wife), Murupara, New Zealand
Marital Status: Married
Enlistment Address: Murupara, New Zealand
Military District: Rotorua
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 4
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 32
Campaigns: Western Desert
Last Unit Served: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death: Western Desert
Date of Death: 2 November 1942
Age at Death: 24
Year of Death: 1942
Cemetery Name: El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
Grave Reference: I. A. 2.
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes: Sydney Bird was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Bird, of Murupara, Auckland, New Zealand; husband of Anita Te Ranui Bird, of Te Haroto, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941)
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • 28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945
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