ALEXANDER, George Francis
(Service number 62898)
|First Rank||Lance Corporal||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||11 October 1887||Place of Birth||Timaru, NZ|
|Date||4 May 1917||Age||29|
|Address at Enlistment||Cave|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs EA Alexander (mother), Sunnybrook, Cave|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||31st Reinforcements Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company|
|Date||21 November 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington, NZ||Destination||Liverpool, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Med & Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||16 August 1918||Age||33|
|Place of Death||France|
|Cause||Died of wounds|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme, France|
|Memorial Reference||V. C. 19|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Cave First World War Memorial; Esk Valley War Memorial; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library)|
Son of Samuel and Eliza Anne H Alexander of 21 Nile St, Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand. His parents had come to NZ from Canada. He had passed the 4th educational standard.
Prior to enlistment George worked on his mother's farm at "Sunnybrook" Cave. He was medically boarded in Timaru 4 May 1917 by Lt Col George Lyon (travelling medical board) and described as weight 147 lbs, chest 35 inches, height 5 foot 5 inches, complexion fair, eyes hazel and hair brown. He served in NZ from 4 May 1917 to 21 Nov 1917. George left for France ex England 20 Mar 1918.
Alexander was wounded in action on 25 Aug 1918 (multiple GSWs) and died 26 Aug 1918 at 56 Casualty Clearance Station – Cas. List no.941/3.
George's medals, scroll and plaque were sent to his mother Mrs E.A. Alexander, 21 Nile Street, Timaru.
Cenotaph (July 2013 & October 2014); Archives NZ
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Researched and Written by
Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald, Ted Hansen
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