(Service number 10/3576)

Aliases GUILDFORD on Personnel File
First Rank Private Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 9 May 1889 Place of Birth Pleasant Valley, Timaru (Geraldine)

Enlistment Information

Date 18 October 1915 Age 25 yrs
Address at Enlistment Egmont Streeet, New Plymouth
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs GUILFORD (mother), Tarata,Taranaki. Later of Frankleigh Park, New Plymouth
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 11 stone 6 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair fair. Eyes both 20/20. Hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth fair; bottom teeth require attention. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Not vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. Teeth only slight defect. Fit.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 9th Reinforcements Wellington Infantry Battalion, B Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Wellington Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Wounded (date unknown); admitted to hospital on 24 June 1916 - shock. 13 December 1915 admitted to Tauherenikau Military Camp Hospital, with influenza.

Post-war Occupations


Date 4 May 1918 Age 28 yrs
Place of Death France (in the Field)
Cause Died of wounds received in action
Memorial or Cemetery Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of William GUILFORD & Ann nee BENBOW. Brother of Walter GUILFORD who was killed in action in 1918 at the Somme, & RobertĀ GUILFORD who also served in WWI. Cecil's brother, Walterl, was killed in action just over five weeks earlier. Cecil was educated at Pleasant Valley School and Tarata School in Inglewood. The family moved from Pleasant Valley to Tarata in 1902. Cecil forfeited 14 days pay for carelessly discharging a rifle on 16 October 1916. Cecil left no evidence of a will. His medals were sent to his mother.


Cenotaph Database [17 September 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0048358) [11 July 2014]; CWGC [17 September 2013]; ; CWGC [17 September 2013]; Timaru Herald, 1 June 1918 (Papers Past) [24 November 2013]; SCRoll web submission by W Griffin, 4 December 2015

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