Bernard John George AWMM
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Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 16 July 1932 AWMM Lippiatt Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Henry John Sole (father), Lippiatt Road, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
- Height, Unknown Period AWMM
5 foot 5 inches AWMM
- Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
Grey Blue AWMM
- Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
13 June 1940 crushed thumb from torpedo handling accident AWMM
- Medical, WWII AWMM
23 June 1943 hernia AWMM
- Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
Ischaemic heart disease AWMM
Husband of Nola, married in 1941
Father of two sons
Enlisted at age 16 for 14 years service.
His eldest son writes " Bernard John Sole left school during the depression in 1932. As few jobs were available he joined the navy.
His initial training was on board the decommissioned cruiser Philomel. he completed his training at sea aboard the HMS Diomede then transferred to HMNZS Achilles.
When war broke out in 1939 Achilles was dispatched to patrol the SE Coast of South America and took part in the Battle of the River Plate. Bernard was Mentioned in Despatches for his efforts in this battle.
Bernard trained as a torpedo man and served on various cruisers ending the War aboard HMNZS Gambia which was attributed with firing the last salvos at Japan before the surrender.
After leaving the Navy in 1946, Bunny retrained as an electrician and moved to Papatoetoe with his wife and family.
Bunny was a member of the RSA and the River Plate Veteran's Association.
He died in 2002." AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland AWMM Ashes. RSA Section, Lot 1483 AWMM
Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 28 March 2002 AWMM
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- New Zealand Memories AWMM
Hunter, J. Robert Laidlaw and the Farmers Trading Company. (2010). p. 126 - 140 AWMM
- The New Zealand Herald AWMM
Death notice: 28 March 2002 AWMM
- Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Cemetery register no. 11288 AWMM
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