SQUIRE, Gustave Wood
(Service number 29596)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank|
|Date||10 March 1895||Place of Birth||St Andrews, New Zealand|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||George Wood Squire (father), Fairview, Timaru, New Zealand|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||19th Reinforcements Specialist Machine-Gun Section|
|Date||15 November 1916|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti|
|Embarked From||Wellington, NZ||Destination||Plymouth, England|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||163 August 1976||Age|
|Place of Death||Timaru, New Zealand|
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|New Zealand Memorials|
Before the outbreak of World War I Squire worked on his father’s sheep farm at Fairview, south of Timaru. He enlisted for the Army in June 1916 aged 21. On his final leave before heading to war he was given a send-off at Fairview School, where he was presented with a wrist watch as a memento of home. Squire completed his New Zealand training at Featherston Camp and left for war as part of the 19th Reinforcements aboard the Maunganui in November 1916.
Squire served in the Machine Gun Company while on the Western Front. During the war he unfortunately spent a lot of time in military hospitals being treated for illness, including a period in March 1917 for mumps. In the tough winter following the terrible battle of Passchendaele Squire must have been in the sodden frontlines because he was admitted for trench foot. Trench foot is a painful condition involving tissue damage that afflicted soldiers in the trenches since they spent so much time with their feet in mud or water.
Squire survived the war but had another brush with illness after peace was declared when he caught the flu during the Spanish Influenza Epidemic. Thankfully he survived the deadly flu and returned to New Zealand in 1919. Squire and other South Canterbury men returned to Timaru in May 1919 aboard a special train and were given an excited welcome from a large crowd of locals. In the years following he returned to the land and bought a farm near Cave. In World War II he served in the local Home Guard unit and helped train men on the machine gun.
Cenotaph (20 October 2014)
- Gustave SQUIRE - Research notes by S Murray (SC Museum 2014/128.08) (pdf, 260.1 KB updated 04-Aug-2017)
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Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)
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