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Gilbert Plunkett



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gilbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Plunkett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Gil AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII NZ405153 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 March 1913 Public source PerthWestern Australia Public source
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 413 Great South Road AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. Violet Plunkett (wife), c/o 413 Great South Road AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 13 December 1940 Public source Engineer and Motor Mechanic/Civilian Public source
  • 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
    • Height, WWII AWMM
      5 ft 7 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Blue-Grey AWMM
    • Complexion, WWII AWMM
      Pale AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Gil and Vi initially lived on Great South Road with his mother, Elfreda Plunkett. They later moved to Massey, Auckland, and then onto the Whenuapai Air Base. Their eldest daughter Doreen was born in 1941, followed by Yvonne, Raymond, and then Noelene. Doreen was schooled in the Air Base school until she was 7 years old, and then transferred to Hobsonville Public School. Yvonne also attended the Base school, but the younger two siblings did not.

    Gil enjoyed tinkering with cars, taking photos, and making items on his lathe, which included jewellery from Paua shell brought back from the Pacific islands. Gil was not a well man after the war and by age 42 he suffered his first heart attack. While working between episodes, he never regained full health. He was a gentle man and well liked. Public source. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 January 1965 Public source
    Age 52 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery (cremated) AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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