George Asher Asher Unknown date of birth - Died 18 February 1944 PDF Print Share Key details Service number62486 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankSecond Lieutenant AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Portrait from Weekly News; 5 April 1944 - This image may be … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Title ForenamesGeorge Asher AWMM SurnameAsher AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number62486 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Date of birth Place of birth Birth notes Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Student AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentUnknown 95A Grafton Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr M.E. Asher (father), Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 21 Jul 1943 Married AWMM Service Wars and conflicts WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsItaly AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number62486 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Military training EnlistmentWW2 Unknown AWMMAuckland, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Embarkation detailsWW2 Vessel was Nieuw Amsterdam AWMMLieutenant AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM Prisoner of war Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Last rankSecond Lieutenant AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information 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) AWMM Read more Death About death Age at death29 AWMM Date of death18 February 1944 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathItaly AWMM Death notesItaly AWMM Cemetery nameCassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Grave referenceVI. K. 14 AWMM Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMMAuckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Sources Sources External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources Used28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Further ReferenceCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmFurther ReferenceAuckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-93-139.http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/record/am_library-catalogq40-4796Further Reference Documents Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.