DAVIS , George Harcus
(Service number 7/707)
|Aliases||Birth registered as George William DAVIS. George Harcus DAVIS on CWGC & probate.|
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Lance Corporal|
|Date||10 November 1891||Place of Birth||Central Otago|
|Date||30 October 1914||Age||22 yrs 11 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Pleasant Point|
|Previous Military Experience||8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Next of Kin||Miss Maggie DAVIS (sister), The Manse, Weston, near Oamaru. Later of Tumai Estate, Waikouaiti|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 5 inches. Weight 140 lbs. Chest measurement 32-36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes light brown. Hair light brown. Sight and hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs and Chest both well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||14 December 1914|
|Transport||Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
|Military Awards||Mentioned in Despatches (MiD).|
Award Circumstances and Date
Mentioned in despatches from General Sir Alexander Murray, K.C.B. Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force. L.G. 1 December 1916, p. 11808.
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
August 1916 reported wounded (& missing).
|Date||9 August 1916||Age||25 yrs|
|Place of Death||Egypt|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Initially buried in Battlefield.|
|Memorial Reference||A. 24|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Pleasant Point War Memorial|
George Harcus DAVIS was the third son of Frederick and Jane (nee HARCUS) DAVIS. His brother Thomas Makepeace DAVIS also served in WWI and was killed in action at Passchendaele; another brother Robert Harcus DAVIS also served in WWI. George was educated at Moonlight and Hyde schools in the Maniototo, Central Otago, and probably at others in Otago (Waikouaiti, Berwick, Waipori Lake, Papakaio). It appears that one or both parents may have died when the children were young, as they all attended a number of schools and were recorded with various guardians. Reported wounded and missing on 9 August 1916; possibly thought to have been taken prisoner of war. His medals, plaque and scroll were sent to his brother F. (Frederick) H. DAVIS at Wanganui in 1921/22. All in all, George had a notable time in war service. He enlisted on 30 October 1914 at Timaru; he embarked on 14 December 1914 for Egypt; on 29 October 1915 he was appointed Lance Corporal; on 13 October 1916 he was mentioned in despatches; he was reported wounded and missing on 9 August 1916 (the only report of wounding), and this was later confirmed as killed in action, in Egypt. A fit, healthy young man struck down in the prime of life.
Cenotaph Database [20 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0032416) [13 August 2014]; CWGC [21 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 20 October 1914, Timaru Herald, 22 August 1916, Oamaru Mail, 6 September 1916, Timaru Herald, 7 September 1916 (Papers Past) [10 November 2013].
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