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Robert Thomas Gilmore

Group, 2 men, WW2, Robert Gilmore is on right in the uniform. - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, 2 men, WW2, Robert Gilmore is on right in the uniform. - This image may be subject to copyrig …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Gilmore AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bob AWMM
  • Service number
    21501 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 May 1915 AWMM DublinIreland (Eire) AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 29 December 1939 AWMM c/o State Hotel, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A. Gilmore (father), 202 Church Street, Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Greece AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    21501 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Papakura Army Camp AWMM
    • Scotland (19.06.1940 - 05.01.1941) AWMM
    • Egypt (05.01. 1941 - 10.03.1941) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 29 December 1939 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Department Store Manager AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty 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
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Spectacles AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 feet 5 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      12 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • All 3 Gilmore brothers fought in the War. Bob the eldest (21501, 21st Battalion); Les ( 62975, 21st Battalion); and the youngest brother Bill (7309, 27th Machine Gun Battalion).

    Bob died in Larissa near Mt. Olympas in Greece. His platoon was defending a railway station. An eye witness account claims he was killed by a German tank. This eye witness was wounded by the same tank and taken POW.

    It is assumed that the Germans buried Bob although his grave has never been found. The river running beside the town has since changed direction and all traces of the area are now under water.

    It was only by chance that Bob's brother Bill found out this information at an RSA social as Bob had previously been posted as 'Missing - Believed Killed' and nothing was known of his fate. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 April 1941 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    LarissaGreece AWMM
  • 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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  • Memorial name
    • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Tauranga War Memorial AWMM

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14 August 2018MikeAuckland, New ZealandOther relative

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