WILLIAMS, George Ernest
(Service number 6/4175)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||2 April 1882||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|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|
|Next of Kin||Edwin WILLIAMS (father), King Street, Temuka. Mrs G. E. WILLIAMS (wife)|
|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.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|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.
|Date||19 September 1941||Age||60 years|
|Place of Death||Rangiora?|
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|New Zealand Memorials|
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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