WILLIAMS, George Ernest
(Service number 6/4175)

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Date 2 April 1882 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date (1) 17 November 1915 Age (2) 37 yrs 8 mths
Address at Enlistment Temuka. Donald St, Featherston
Occupation Labourer (NZ Defence Dept)
Previous Military Experience NZEF. Demobilized 2 yrs 5 mths. Returned Soldier
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Edwin WILLIAMS (father), King Street, Temuka. Mrs G. E. WILLIAMS (wife)
Religion Anglican
Medical Information (2) Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 168 lbs. Chest 36-39 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, heart and lungs all normal. Colour vision good. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fitz. No notification of consumption. No treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. Previously discharged from H. M. Service. No absences from work through ill-health or accident. No determining disability. Classified A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Liberation Date


Date 31 January 1918 Reason No longer physically fit for War Service. Pre-enlistment disability.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

18 May 1916 admitted to No 20 General Hospital. Wounded in the Field on 1st October 1916. Admitted to North Field Ambulance on 7 October 1916. He rejoined his Unit before being sent to Hospital on 14 October 1916. 22 October 1916 admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station. November 1916 in hospital at Boulogne, with bronchitis (progressing favourably). 19 November 1916 embarked on Hospital Ship "West Australia" for England. 24 November 1918 admitted to No 1 NZ General Hospital at Brockenhurst and on 4 December transferred to the enteric depot, Waddingham, suffering from typhoid. In December 1916 in hospital - not severe case. Again on 6 February 1917 he was transferred to hospital at Hornchurch.

Post-war Occupations



Date 19 September 1941 Age 60 years
Place of Death Rangiora?
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Edwin (Edward) & Ellen WILLIAMS, of Temuka. George was educated at Temuka School. On 2 September 1916 George forfeited 14 days ordinary pay and on 2 February 1917 he forfeited 3 days pay for being absent. On 17 September 1917 George was transferred to the N.Z. Discharge Department at Torquay. On 24 October 1917 he was classified unfit by the Medical Board and placed on N.Z. Rolls. He subsequently embarked from Plymouth for New Zealand on the Tainui on 2 November 1917. Married Catherine Sarah Olivia HUNT in 1919. Despatched to camp at Trentham in November 1915. Attested for a second time on 1 November 1919.


Cenotaph Database [07 March 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 0122758 [04 May 2014]; Timaru Herald, 13 November 1915, 13 October 1916, , 16 October 1916, 21 November 1916, 11 December 1916 (Papers Past) [10 March 2014].

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