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Object / Artefact › History
  • Other titles
    • Italian flag, WW2
    • 21 Battalion, Tripoli, WW2
  • Description
    Italian flag (Civil flag of the Kingdom of Sardinia), rectangle shape; three vertical panels of green, white , and red; in the centre white panel is a shield with a white cross in a red box and a blue frame of the box; small ropes are attached to the left corners;
    captured from Fascist Club Bldg, Tripoli by Pte JH Burr, 21 Infantry Battalion, WW2.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    F071, W1014, 1944.116
  • Accession number
  • Accession date
  • Collection area
  • Item count
  • Record richness
flag, 1944.116, F071, W1014
flag, 1944.116, F071, W1014


  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, F071
  • Notes
    Italian flag, captured from the Fascist Club Building, Tripoli by Pte JH Burr, 21 Infantry Battalion, WW2. Private Burr was later killed in action near Florence, 2nd August 1944.

    Tripoli was captured by the 8th Army under General Montgomery on 23rd January 1943. As part of the 8th Army the New Zealand 5 Brigade, including the 21st Infantry Battalion, were posted to guard duties in Tripoli.

    22256 Private John Hosking Burr was the son of Henry Ernest and Eliza Josephine Burr, of Auckland, New Zealand. At the time of his enlistment he was employed with the Post and Telegraph Department Exchange Operator, and living at Kaipara Flats.He served in the Middle East and in Italy. Private Burr was aged 36 when he was killed in action on the 2nd August 1944 and is buried at the Florence War Cemetery, Italy. His mother presented the flag to the Auckland Museum the same year.
  • Event
    World War II
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    23 January 1943
    23 January 1943
  • Subject category
  • Production
    unknown (flag maker)
    Pre 1945
    World War 2, wars
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › cloth
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole height : 1422mm
      (6'11" x 4'8")
    • 0 - Whole length : 2108mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    6 October 2010

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