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

Enlistment Information

Date 30 October 1914 Age 22 yrs 11 mths
Address at Enlistment Pleasant Point 
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Miss Maggie DAVIS (sister), The Manse, Weston, near Oamaru. Later of Tumai Estate, Waikouaiti
Religion Anglican
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.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

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

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt
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

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

August 1916 reported wounded (& missing).

Post-war Occupations


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 

Biographical Notes

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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