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Bernard Bookman

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bernard AWMM
  • Surname
    Bookman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 60409 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Jewish AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Dec 1917 Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 306 Oriental Parade ,Wellington N.Z. AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr D. Bookman (father) 306 Oriental Parade, Wellington N.Z. AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 60409 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown 2NZEF Nom 4 Advertising agent/Civilian 2NZEF Nom 4
    2NZEF Nom 4
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Bernie Bookman was the son of David and Kitty (nee Lees) (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Bernie had 1 brother Percy and 2 sisters Pearl (Resnick) and Evelyn (Cook). (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Prior to enlisting to go to war, Bernie worked in Wellington for Goldberg Advertising Agency (1934- 1940). On his return from war service, Bernie was re- employed with the same firm, made Branch Manager and transferred to Auckland in 1945 . (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Bought the business in 1949 (Goldberg Advertising Ltd) (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Bernie Volunteered to go to war in 1940,Shipped out in 1941 to North Africa (Syria) as part of the 2nd NZEF, to prepare a line defence in case the Germans broke through Egypt. (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    He also served as an Artillery Battery Commander of 25 pounders in the 5th Field Regiment and later 6th Field Regiment, taking part in the North Africa Campaign. (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    After this Campaign he was sent to Italy. Including the Winter Siege of Monte Carlo. (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    In late 1944 he was sent home on a six-month furlough. (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Married Rita Lust on 23rd May, 1945, and they had 2 children: Keith and Ruth. (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Through his career Bernie was very generous with his time, mostly with charitable Societies:
    1963 Murray Halberg Trust for Crippled Children
    Bernie was co-founder, Trustee, and Deputy Chairman
    President 1977-1980 Auckland Crippled Children Society. (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form)

    Also National President
    In 1983 he was awarded the QSO (Queen’s Service Order) for Community Service (Source:Cenotaph Data Entry Form) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    27 February 2002 Cemetery Records
    Age 84 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland AWMM Hebrew Berm B Row 8, Plot 25 AWMM
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  • External links
    Auckland Council. West (Waikumete) burial and cremation records search
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.36 AWMM
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM


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