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George Murray Cardwell

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of the Parnell RSA - This image may be subject to copyright

Signatures on the guitar case of Private Tuaine Utanga (47708). Guitar and Case in the collection of …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Murray AWMM
  • Surname
    Cardwell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Murray AWMM
  • Service number
    48025 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • In 1941 selected for special training in Australia. Returned to New Zealand and sailed with 7th Reinforcements. AWMM
    • Narrow Neck AWMM
    • Trentham AWMM
    • Australia AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Dysentry, during the war he was admitted to the 6th British Hospital and the New Zealand Hospital at Caserta. AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • WW2 11 December 1945 AWMM Private AWMM
      24 Infantry Battalion AWMM
    • Dad's last rank was Lance Corporal. I found his Certificate of Discharge No 4572 Public - Grace - Direct descendant - 18 April 2020 - As above

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mr Cardwell came to New Zealand as a young child in 1919.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999. See pp 88ff of the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War: Pacific. George Baker's signature is on the guitar case belonging to Tuaine Utanga (47708). Utanga took a guitar with him on active service, on the guitar's canvas case there are over 200 signatures of fellow New Zealand soldiers who served with the 30 Battalion and the 24 Battalion between 1941 and 1945. There is also a list on the case of dates and places that suggest that the guitar was taken to the following destinations:. 'No. 3 Platoon Vickers MM Guns. Trentham July 5th 1941. Samabula Fiji August 21 1941. Namaka Fiji September 18 1941. Momi Bay 2 January 1944. Cuvu (Thoovoo) 20 January 1944. 33 Mile Peg 24 January 1944. SS President Monroe Noumea 7 December 1942. Lambin New Caledonia 12 December 1942. Koumac New Caledonia 17 December 1942. New Hebrides 28 August 1943. Guadalcanal 27 August 1943. Vella Lavella 25 September 1943. Green Island 31 January 1944-15 February 1944. Nepoui New Caledonia 5 June 1944. Noumea Staging 9 August 1944. Papakura New Zealand 17 July 1944. Niue Island 7 September 1944. Rarotonga 11 September 1944. Auckland New Zealand 19 October 1944. Hobart Tasmania 9 January 1945. Maadi Egypt 30 January 1945. Advance Base Taranto 5 March 1945. ? Senica 12 March 1945. San Severino 13 March 1945.' AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 39 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM


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18 April 2020GraceAucklandDirect descendant

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