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George Asher Asher

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  • Service number
    62846 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Second Lieutenant AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
Portrait from Weekly News; 5 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright
Portrait from Weekly News; 5 April 1944 - This image may be … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Asher AWMM
  • Surname
    Asher AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    62846 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Student/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown 95A Grafton Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr M.E. Asher (father), Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 Jul 1943 Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    62846 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Nieuw Amsterdam AWMM
    Lieutenant/Military AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Second Lieutenant AWMM
    28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

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  • Age at death
    29 AWMM
  • Date of death
    18 February 1944 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Italy AWMM
  • Death notes
    Italy AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM
  • Grave reference
    VI. K. 14 AWMM
  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
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