SMITH, George Arthur Edward
(Service number 24/286)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank Corporal


Date 20 January 1889 Place of Birth Ashburton

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 97 Wills St Ashurton
Occupation Mercantile Clark
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs GAE Smith (wife) care of Mrs AJ Childs, Wills St, Ashburton
Religion Presby
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship A Company
Date 9 October 1915
Transport HMNZT 30-34, Maunganui, Tahitis, Aparima, Navua, Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 3rd

Military Awards

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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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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 15 September 1916 Age 27
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Caterpillar Valley (NZ) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley,Longueval, Somme, France
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Also on Ashburton War memorial Panel 3; Temuka War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Acting-Sergeant G. A. E. Smith, previously listed as wounded on September 15, and now reported killed in action, left for the front with the Second Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Born in Ashburton, he spent the greater part of his life here, where he took an active interest in all sport . He was at one time on the staff of the New Zealand Farmers' Co-operative Association, and at the time of enlisting was in the employ of Mr H. A. Lloyd. Acting-Sergeant Smith was 27 years of age, and was married a few months prior to his departure for the front. His brother, Sergeant B. A. Smith, is on active service in France.


War Record open in Archways for further information. Married Mildred Smith 14 August 1915, Palmerston North

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