Topic: Gordon Vivian Riggir (1921-1945)

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Former head prefect of Tauranga District High School Gordon Vivian Riggir died from wounds received in action in 1945.

Gordon Vivian Riggir (1921-1945)Gordon Vivian Riggir was born on 24 December 1921. Whilst at Tauranga District High School he was made head prefect.

After trying his hand at being a farmer, mechanic and plasterer, he enlisted in 1940.

Undergoing much training he was sent to Egypt and promoted to Sergeant on 20 February 1945. 

Gordon was wounded in action whilst fighting in Italy. He would die from those wounds on 22 April 1945.

Gordon is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

 

Sources:

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

 

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Gordon Vivian Riggir (1921-1945)


Year:1945
Note:Service Number: 261090
First Names:Gordon Vivian
Last Name:Riggir
Date of Birth:24 December 1921
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:22 April 1945
Place of death:Northern Italy
Place of burial:Faenza War Cemetery, Italy
Occupation:Fibrous plasterer
Spouses name:Helen Adair Riggir
Fathers name:Herbert Salisbury Riggir
Mothers name:Dorothy Wiggins Robinson
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)