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Full Name: Godfrey Harold Blunden
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Godfrey Harold
Surname: Blunden
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 8522
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Farm labourer
Next of Kin: Mr H.E. Blunden (father), Mount Stewart, Waiou, Canterbury, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Mount Stewart, Waiou, Canterbury, New Zealand
Military District: Christchurch
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Embarkation Unit: 20th (Canterbury-Otago) Battalion
Embarkation Date: 5 January 1940
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Destination: Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 1
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 20
Campaigns: Crete
Last Unit Served: 20 Infantry Battalion
Place of Death: Crete
Date of Death: Sunday 25 May 1941
Age at Death: 30
Year of Death: 1941
Memorial Name:
  • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
  • Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand
Memorial Reference: Face 13
Biographical Notes:
  • Godfrey Blunden was the son of Harold Ernest Blunden and Henrietta Blunden (nee Denshire) of Ashburton, Canterbury.
  • Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait from The Weekly News; 16 July 1941
  • Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003.
  • Ashburton War Memorial. Panel 1 (WW2), names, bronze panel. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003
  • Ashburton War Memorial. Commemoration panel WW1 and WW2, bronze plaque. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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