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Gordon James Ross

Gordon James Ross portrait from funeral programme - This image may be subject to copyright

Gordon James Ross portrait from funeral programme - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon James AWMM
  • Surname
    Ross AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    241823 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 August 1921 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 29 November 1940 AWMM 1 Glasgow Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Frank Ross (father), 1 Glasgow Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 December 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 29 November 1940 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 11 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Myocardial infarction AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Frank and Alice Ross

    Husband of Zeela Mary

    Educated Berhampore School and Rongotai College, Wellington

    Tennis enthusiast and member of 21st Battalion tennis team which won the 1943 NZ Divisional unit Championship

    Trained with the Scottish Regiment in Wanganui, Tauherenikau and Paekakariki

    Sailed at age 21 for Egypt. Served as a signaller in North Africa, part of the battles for Sangro River and Monte Cassino

    Returned briefly to NZ on compassionate leave, when his father died suddenly at age 42

    Met his future wife (Zeela) through a wartime friendship with Frank Bell a soldier with the 2NZEF, Scottish Regiment and 21st Battalion. His wife Zeela was Frank's sister

    Appears briefly in the film marking the 60th anniversary of the battle at Cassino walking around Vatican City whilst on leave.

    Member of Auckland 21st Battalion Association

    Member of Henderson RSA

    AWMM Biographical notes and death notice on AWMM Armoury Cenotaph File: ACF122097 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 10 August 2004 AWMM
      Age 83 AWMM
      AvondaleAuckland AWMM
    • 10 August 2004 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Lukes Anglican Church, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald. 12 August 2004 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 343 AWMM
    • Collier, R. (Director), & Santamaria, J. (Producer). (2004). Monte Cassino 60 years on [Documentary]. New Zealand: Maui Productions. Reference no. Film 81076 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald. 12 August 2004 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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