Gordon Albert Clifton joined the old P&T Department (Post Office) and l ike a lot of Government employees at that time he was frequently transf erred around New Zealand. Some of the places he served in are - Nuhaka, Paraparaumu, Feilding, Napier, Palmerston North, Martinborough and Mas terton.
Whilst he was in the Wairarapa (at Martinborough) he met and married Do reen Todkill
Doreen had migrated, at the age of five, with her mother in 1922 in the ship Waimana, which sailed from Manchester, England, arriving in Welli ngton on ANZAC Day (25 April).
Gordon and Doreen settled at 19 Oxford Street, Palmerston North. World W ar II broke out and Gordon joined the New Zealand Air Force.
Gordon's War Service:
He joined the RNZAF recruiting centre at Harewood, Christchurch on 29 A ugust 1942 - his service record shows:
Service No - 4210343
He was given recruitment training in Harewood until November 1942 when h e was transferred to Ohakea.
His record shows his physical appearance as:
Height - 5'4", Chest - 34", Hair - L/Brown, Eyes - Blue with fair compl exion.
On 26 May 1943 he was posted to the RNZAF Station at Espiritu Santo (Va nuatu), from there he went to Guadalcanal on 11 August 1943 and then to New Georgia on 19 October 1943.
In May 1944 he returned to New Zealand, stationed temporarily at Manger e and then back to Ohakea. On 30 November 1945 - whilst unloading equip ment at Ohakea, a case fell off a truck and struck Gordon's big toe and he was in plaster until 18 January 1946.
He was discharged on 3 March 1946 with a Gratuity of $150.80.
He was awarded the medals of 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and N Z War Service Medal. During his service he was promoted to Corporal and then to Sergeant.
After living in Palmerston North for a while Gordon and Doreen moved to and settled down in Masterton. Gordon, at one stage, went into busines s on his own making concrete posts but returned to the Post Office wher e he became the Supervisor of Postal Services in Masterton. They had fo ur children who are now living in Coventry(England), Auckland, Lower Hu tt and Hawke's Bay.
Gordon and Doreen stayed in Masterton until Gordon died at the age of 7 0 in 1978.
After cremation ashes scattered at memorial Gardens, Karori Cemetery, W ellington. Details shown on headstone of his wife - Doreen Todkill(Cli fton) - in Clareville Cemetery, Carterton.
Death record - 1979/3497