CUTHBERTSON, George Isaac
(Service number 13886)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Second Lieutenant|
|Date||22 September 1892||Place of Birth||Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand|
|Date||9 March 1916||Age||23|
|Address at Enlistment||Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience||Timaru City Rifles|
|Next of Kin||Isaac & Susan Cuthbertson (parents) Glenavy South Canterbury|
|Medical Information||Height 6 ft. Weight 154 lbs. Fair Complexion, Grey eyes. Brown hair|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||14th Reinforcement|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company|
|Date||26 June 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment|
|Campaigns||Western Europe 1916-18|
|Service Medals||British War Medal & Victory Medal|
|Military Awards||Miltary Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
"During the attack on Messines Ridge on the 7th June 1917, this N.C.O. who through casualties, assumed the responsibilites of Sergeant, displayed great coolness, courage and wonderful ability in the command of men. His platoon had orders to dig a very dangerous communication trench through some captured territory which was under observation from the enemy and continually under fire. He, by his example and personality raised the jaded spirits of his men, accomplished the work expeditiously, and was very instrumental in suffering few casualties. The wounded he had cared for, and had them escorted to a dressing station." - (London Gazette 16 August 1917, p8429, Rec No 759)
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||9 October 1918||Age||26|
|Place of Death||Le Cateau, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Caudry British Cemetery, Nord, France|
|Memorial Reference||III.A. 1|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial, Dunedin Teachers College Memorial Board, Glenavy Public Hall Roll of Honour|
George was the eldest child of Isaac Cuthbertson and Susan Allen. His siblings were Frank (b.1894), Mabel (b.1896), Allen (b.1901), Lilian (b.1903), Ivy Seddon (b.1906), Moana (b.1908), and Juanita or 'Nita' (b.1910)
George was listed in the 1911 Timaru Technical School Roll book as a teacher enrolled in course on Maths and Latin.
George's brother Frank (service no.13885) also served during World War One.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (September 2013). Archives New Zealand Military Personnal file. Birth NZBDM 1892/14400.
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