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Thomas Lawrence Birks



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Lawrence AWMM
  • Surname
    Birks AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Lawrie Birks AWMM
  • Service number
    60829 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 April 1910 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 11 Parkside Street, St Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Birks (mother), 11 Parkside Street, St Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Apiarist/Civilian AWMM
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  • 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Birks was a 31-year-old beekeeper from Auckland, New Zealand, when he reached Egypt as a Bofors gunner in 1941. He served in 42 Battery, 14 New Zealand Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, 2NZEF. In addition to a diary, he also wrote detailed letters to his mother describing his war experiences. Among other things he dreamed of good New Zealand honey and asked that it be sent in his parcels from home.

    Birks served in Africa and Italy, returning to New Zealand in March, 1945.

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains two hundred and forty-four (244) letters written by Birks to his mother from New Zealand, the Middle East and Italy, covering a period from January, 1941, to February, 1945. [Ref. MS 1413]

    Items belonging to Birks are on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum's 'Scars on the Heart' exhibition, 'Freybergs Circus' section. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1985 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Waikumete Crematorium, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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