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George Edmond Vernon Aimer

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Portrait of Lieutenant G.[E.]V. Aimer, of the Royal Flying Corps. Auckland Weekly News, 29 June 1916. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19160629-39-1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Edmond Vernon AWMM
  • Surname
    Aimer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    George Edmund Vernon AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 118205 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    31 March 1886 AWMM HokiangaNorthland AWMM
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Service

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW1 Banker/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
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Embarkations

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Medical history

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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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    • Son of Edmond Baxter Aimer and Annie Elizabeth Aimer (nee Feek) of Fairburn Road, Otahuhu, Auckland.

      Gained Aviator's certificate 28 February 1916, London

      Text of the Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand: 'In Memoriam: The names inscribed upon this tablet are those of officers of the Bank of New Zealand who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919 waged against the nations of central Europe - Germany, Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria - who sought by force of arms to obtain world-wide dominion. In honour of their patriotism and valour. In admiration of their sacrifice. And in grateful perpetuation of their glorious and ennobling memory this monument is reverently dedicated. Their Name Liveth for Evermore.'

      Bank of New Zealand Staff Member.

      Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
    • AN AIRMAN'S DEATH. LIEUT. G. V. AIMER. A POPULAR AUCKLANDER. Lieutenant George Vernon Aimer ,a member of the Royal Flying Corps, who was accidentally killed whilst flying near London on June 22, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Aimer, of St. Stephen’s Avenue, Parnell. He was born in Hokianga in 1886, and was educated in Auckland. For a time he was employed in the Government Forestry Department at Rotorua, subsequently taking a position in Fiji. Shortly after returning to Auckland, in 1910, he entered the service of the Bank of New Zealand as correspondence clerk, a position he held for about five years. In August of last year he obtained extended leave of absence, and proceeded to England for health reasons. After a short time in hospital he offered his services to the War Office, but they were not accepted, owing to the state of his health. Lieutenant Aimer then studied aviation, and after qualifying for his pilot's certificate, was appointed an instructor at the London Provincial Aviation Co.'s School. Later he again offered his services to the military authorities, and was given a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. Since then he had been through a course of instruction in army work at Oxford, and it is believed was receiving further training at one of the War Office's aerodromes when he met with the unfortunate accident which resulted in his death. When in Auckland the late lieutenant was very popular in athletic circles, and had at different times, over a period of eight years, been a member of the St. George's Rowing Club, part of which time he was captain. A brother, Trooper Alexander Goven Aimer left for the front with the thirteenth reinforcements. (NZH 24 June 1916).

      According to Errol W Martyn in For Your Tomorrow, Aimer was involved with solo training and piloted a Martinsyde SI 696 on 20 June 1916, flying from an aerodrome outside of London. His plane fell into a spin at about 3000 feet, and dived into the ground. Aimer died later that day at RFC Hospital at Bryanston Square, London, and was buried at Ruislip. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 15 August 2017 - Website : Avondale & World War 1 : New Zealand.
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    20 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    LondonEngland AWMM
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    Ruislip (St Martin) Churchyard Extension, Middlesex, England AWMM 2. 52. AWMM
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Memorial

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    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand (Officers of the BNZ who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919), BNZ Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Remuera Primary School World War One Gates 1914-1918, 25 Dromorne Road, Remuera Auckland 1050 AWMM

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