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Gordon Hallum Cunningham

Military service summary (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Military service summary (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Hallum AWMM
  • Surname
    Cunningham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ginger AWMM
  • Service number
    8126 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 May 1910 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 12 September 1939 AWMM Charlemont Street, Ranfurly, Central Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Cecilia Cunningham (mother), 144 Queen Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 May 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8126 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Burnham Camp - 8 November 1939 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 12 September 1939 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    Stock Agent/Civilian AWMM
    DunedinOtago 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      12 stone 10 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Red AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Ruddy AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded in action 18 November 1941 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded in action 18 July 1942 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Cecilia and William Cunningham

      Employed as a stock agenet with the National Mortgage and Agency Company at the time of enlistment

      Listed on the Nominal Roll as embarking with the 23 Canto

      After the war he transferred to Auckland 1957 to manage Alfred Bucklands Ltd, a National Mortgage subsidary; with whom he spent his whole working life.

      The 23 Battalion was primarily made up of men from the Canterbury/Otago region. (other regions represented in this battalion were Southland, Nelson, Marlborough and the West Coast). On 13 March 1940 23 Battalion was placed on active service AWMM
    • From Alfred Buckland Ltd he was transferred back to National Mortgage head office in Dunedin where he became 2iC of the company until his retirement in 1970. He retained his home in Remuera, Auckland while in Dunedin and returned to Auckland to live when he retired. Public - Gerald - Child - 21 June 2015 - Family knowledge
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About death

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  • Death
    Sep 1984 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Cause of death was cancer of the cerebellum. Public - Gerald - Child - 21 June 2015 - Family knowledge
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, September 1984

    Death notice: Otago Daily Times, September 1984 AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Gordon Hallum Cunningham lives on in his descendants. He has a grandson, a granddaughter and four great granddaughters.
    Public - Gerald Garrick - Child - 30 May 2017
  • Gordon Cunningham married Margaret Loughnan after returning from WW11. and had four children Sandra Devenish Cunningham - born 1944 Gerald Garrick Cunningham - born 1945 Prudence Margaret Cunningham - born 1948 died 1993 Phillip Hallum Cunningham - born 1953 He had two grandchildren - Dugan Winston Cunningham - Born 1974 Phoebe Anne Tyler (nee Cunningham) Born 1976 He had four great granddaughters Lauren Rose Cunningham, Holly Grace Cunningham, Emily Grace Tyler, Mia Rose Tyler
    Public - Gerald Garrick - Child - 15 April 2016
  • I have visited Crete twice where my father fought the Germans. He certainly was lucky to survive. Now I have more details of where he was etc on the island I will visit again. He did not say much about his experiences in the war but I sensed he suffered with the memories. He was a brave good man. He was drawn back to Greece over the years after his retirement. May he rest in peace.
    Public - Sandra - Child - 26 December 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 46 AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      (1959). pages 9, 37, 65, 70, 77, 78, 80, 81, 83, 89, 91, 93, 107, 162, 163, 191, 475. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: September 1984 AWMM
    • Otago Daily Times AWMM
      Death notice: September 1984 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
30 May 2017Gerald GarrickLauder, Central Otago, New ZealandChild
26 December 2015SandraAucklandChild
21 June 2015GeraldLauder, Central Otago, New ZealandChild

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