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George Newall Harrison

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Newall AWMM
  • Surname
    Harrison AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ413842 AWMM
    • WWII 413842 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 January 1919 AWMM PapakuraAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 6 July 1941 AWMM 100 Bealey Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr George N. Harrison (father), Runciman, South Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Father: Mr. G. Harrison. Runciman, Auckland AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. & Mrs. G. Harrison of Runciman, Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and 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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidental death on active service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • George Harrison was the son of George and Mary Harrison, of Runciman, south Auckland, New Zealand.

    He was educated at Ramarama Primary School and Auckland Grammar School and afterwards at Victoria University and Canterbury University where he gained good grades in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. He also enrolled at the Christchurch School of Accountancy for a year. He played rugby for Linwood Football Club and was an active member of the Avon Rowing Club.

    before enlistment he was a clerk with the Transport Department, District Office, Christchurch

    He was awarded his Flying Badge on 27 March 1942 and seven months later gained the rank of Flying Officer. During this time he was attached to the Royal Air Force Ferry Command, Dorval, Quebec from March 1942, engaged in ferrying bomber aircraft to the United Kingdom.

    On 5 December 1942 Flying Officer Harrison was a member of the crew delivering a bomber aircraft which crashed when on a flight from Dorval to Houlton, thence to Gander en route to the UK. Flying Officer Harrison and three members of the Royal Canadian Air Force who were in the aircraft lost their lives in the accident.

    The New Zealand Herald of 17 December 1942 reported that George Harrison had been killed on active service. (refer to p. 5A)

    The interest of a World War 2 pilot, Leicester Smith (NZ414352) and his wife, carried out research in Auckland in 1997 and 1998 located the grave of Pilot Officer Harrison. Leicester Smith (NZ414352) trained and graduated with Harrison in 1942 and knew that he had subsequently been killed. The information the Smiths obtained in their search revealed that George Harrison is believed to be the only New Zealand World War 2 casualty to be buried in the United States. The Smiths also located Harrison's next-of-kin. In 1999 Ms Colleen Rae-Gerrard (Australia) visited the grave of her uncle in Houlton, Maine, USA. A ceremony organised by Brown-Horten American Legion Post 209 in Houlton was attended by local officials, post members and members of the Canadian Legion. The ceremony ended with the New Zealand flag being lowered and presented to Colleen and her husband Michael. Finally the American flag was also lowered, folded and presented to the couple.

    Local interest in the event was considerable. Mr Leland Longstaff (aged 88) who was working at the Houlton air base in 1942 remembered the crash and told Colleen about it. The newspaper reporter covering the event presented her with a copy of the newspaper article published in December 1942 detailing the crash. With Bob and Sue Ziegelaar (Bangor Airport Manager) they visited the site of the crash.

    Remembered on the Drury-Runciman Memorial

    Next of kin details compiled from information in the Casualty lists published in the newspapers.

    Attended Auckland Grammar School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845611)) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    5 December 1942 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    MaineUnited States of America AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    New Evergreen Cemetery, Houlton, Maine, United States of America AWMM Legion Hill Sec. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Drury-Runciman Memorial, near Drury Hall, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
    • Connolly, A., & Stanes, P. Rememberance: Auckland Grammar School Great War Roll of Honour. Vols 1 & 2. Auckland: Petand Prodctions. AWMM
      Data supplied from Internal Affairs Box 6 logged 9/11/99. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Casualty list. (1942, December 19). (1942, December 19). p. 5A. Reported killed on active service. AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      1943, portrait AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ha - Hy. Archives New Zealand (R17845611) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [List of Killed - Officers (Canada, Pacific, Europe) - Airmen (Canada, India and Far East)]. Archives New Zealand (R17845748) AWMM

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