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Gordon Grant Jillett

Portrait from The Weekly News; 16 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from The Weekly News; 16 July 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Grant AWMM
  • Surname
    Jillett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ40233 AWMM
    • WWII 40233 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ40233 AWMM
    • WWII 40233 AWMM
  • Military service
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Medical history

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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    • Gordon Jillett was the son of John Robert and Dinah Maud Jillett, of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

      Reference is made in Maurice E. McGreal's diary (page 151) to Mr Jillett's death.Refer to the MS Collection, Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM
    • Gordan Grant Jillett (known as Grant) enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in 1940 and was sent straight to England for training. Sergeant Jillett went on to fly the Vickers Wellesley light bomber with the 218 Squadron. Grant and his crew were lost on a raid over Germany on 21 June 1941. He was 23 years of age when the plane went missing. A letter he wrote to his parents, with the purpose of being opened and read after his death in June 1942 was published in the Taranakian. In the letter he thanks his parents for all they have done for him; “Very often your unselfishness has not been appreciated at the time and it is only now that I realise how you yourselves have unstintingly gone without in order that I might have things. My only regret is that it is now too late to repay you.” A copy of the full letter is printed in Lest We Forget by Jack West, p.202 Public - Louise - Researcher - 9 July 2019 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth Boy’s High School Centennial Trust.
      Puke Ariki, Swainson/Woods Collection ARC#SW1923-1930.06663
      Retrieved from
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About death

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  • Death
    21 June 1941 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Europe AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Memorial name
    Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom AWMM

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31 July 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
09 July 2019LouiseNew Plymouth, New ZealandResearcher

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