Gladys Rose Heerdegen

29 February 1908–13 August 1989 (Age 81)
Rotorua, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

The Life of Gladys Rose

When Gladys Rose Heerdegen was born on 29 February 1908, in Rotorua, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, her father, Otto Heerdegen, was 26 and her mother, Sarah Jane Hill, was 30. She married Frederick John Barrett in 1936, in New Zealand. She died on 13 August 1989, in Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand, at the age of 81, and was buried in Hamilton, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand.

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Frederick John Barrett
Gladys Rose Heerdegen
Marriage: 1936

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New Zealand

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World Events (8)


Age 6

Outbreak of World War I. New Zealand commits thousands of troops to the British war effort. They suffer heavy casualties in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey in 1915.
1923 · New Zealand's Claim to Antartica

Age 15

The Ross Dependency is a New Zealand dependency located on the Antarctician Continent. It is the only settlement on the Antartica that is claimed by a sovereign nation. New Zealand still owns claim even after the Antarctic Treaty that was signed in 1959 by 11 other nations. 

Age 31

WWII. Troops from New Zealand see action in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II.

Name Meaning

German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hard ‘bold’, ‘hardy’ + degen ‘hero’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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