(Service number 23/289)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||4 June 1887||Place of Birth||Green Island|
|Address at Enlistment||Head Bros, Morven|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M Sprott (mother) Post office, Momona, Otago|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces (?)||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||NZ Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||33rd Reinforcements E Company|
|Date||31 December 1917|
|Transport||HMNZ 99 Athenic|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Rifle Brigade,1st Battalion|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||8 October 1918||Age|
|Place of Death||Le Cateau, France|
|Cause||Killed in Action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial|
Son of Robert and Margaret Sprott, Momona, Dunedin.
The Otago Witness of 11 June 1919 reported that George's brother James was on his way home after completing his service overseaa. The report also mentioned that George's mother had recieved a beautiful inscribed medal from the residents of Morven in recognition of George's service and sacrifice. Unfortunately the same paper also featured what must have beenan emotional appeal to the public on 22 March 1920, asking the public for help in locating the very same medal - it seems it had been lost in Dunedin, or on the train between there and Otokia. It was reportedly inscribed: "In memory of 23/289 Rifleman George Sprott, from Morven residents."
The Otago Daily Times of 9 August 1920 carried a memorium notice for George and two of his, James and Robert, who also served also served.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database; NZ Defence Forse Personnel records; SCRoll web submission by Z Matheson, 26 June 2019
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