(Service number 47299)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||16 March 1883||Place of Birth||Belfield, near Orari|
|Date||1 February 1917||Age||33 yrs 10 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Pleasant Valley, Geraldine|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs James ANNALS (mother), Waiapi, Temuka|
|Medical Information||Height 5 ft 5 in. Weight 146 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Eyes - right 6/6/, left 6/6. Hearing normal. Limbs well formed. Full movement in joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. No illness. Free of hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health & free of physical defects likely to interfer with efficient performance. No slight defects. Never had a fit. Fit Class A. Teeth - 2 fillings required, & partial upper & lower dentures.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||26th Reinforcements Canterburyy Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||9 June 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||C Coy, 26th Rfts|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||26 June 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
14 August 1918 wounded. 15 Aug 1918, in action, in the Field, France - wounded in left arm & head. Returned home with scar under left clavicle which caused pain at times, but movement not affected.
|Date||9 January 1965||Age||81 yrs|
|Place of Death||Geraldine. Of "Braeside, Wilson Street, Geraldine|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 11 January 1965|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Geraldine Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Section: Services, Row 503, Plot 3|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of James and Sarah Jane (nee EVANS) ANNALS. Brother of Frederick James ANNALS and William Henry ANDREWS (Henry ANNALS), who were both killed in action on 15 Sep 1916. His brother Walter ANNALS also served in WWI, and his brother-in-law Robert GUILFORD (husband of Ethel Kazia ANNALS). After serving in Western Europe, 1917-18, George embarked for return to NZ on 18 April 1919, by ‘Tofua’. He arrived back by train on 19 May 1919 at Orari, then on to Timaru, after the other Geraldine men had left the train for Geraldine. On discharge in 1919, at end of service engagement, he returned first to Waiapi, Temuka, and by 1924 to Pleasant Valley, Geraldine. George died on 9 January 1965, at Geraldine. His next of kin at death was his brother Walter Annals, then living at 34 Memorial Avenue, Timaru. On 15 April 1917, in camp at Featherston – Absent without leave from 15 April till 17 April; fined 4 days pay and forfeited ½ days pay. Although a medical examination on leaving War Service revealed a deterioration in his eyesight and a painful scar, there was no impairment or disabliity such as to reduce his earning capacity. Members of the Geraldine RSA paid their respects at George' funeral.
Medical Examination on leaving War Service –
Physique normal. Weight 147 lbs. Height 5 ft 6in. Nutrition & Diathesis normal. Respiratory system & nervous system normal. Heart - nil abnormal.Arteries normal. Didgestive system normal. Urinary system - acid reaction, albumen nil, sugar nil. Skin normal. Right eye 6/9, left eye 6/12. No evidence
of other impairment of health or physical condition. No disability to reduce earning capacity. Scar under left clavicle which gives pain at times; movements not affected.
Cenotaph Database [03 August 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0008896) [08 September 2013]; Timaru Herald, 29 August 1918, 20 May 1919 (Papers Past) [05 November 2013, 18 November 2013]; Newspapers (PapersPast) ; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA) [August 2013];"Robert and Ethel Kezia Guilford" on 150th Anniversary William and Mary Benbow at http://winsomegriffin.com/Benbow/RobertGuilford2.html [August 2013]; TDC headstone image (Geraldine Cemetery) [28 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 11 January 1965 (Timaru District Library) [11 April 2014]
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