CLIFF, George Bruce
(Service number 7/829)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank|
|Date||14 October 1893||Place of Birth||Winchester, Canterbury|
|Date||12 December 1914||Age|
|Address at Enlistment||Winchester|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Mary Violetta Cliff (mother), Winchester|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||3rd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||14 February 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Campaigns||Balkans (Gallipoli), Western Europe|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||3 February 1918||Reason||No longer fit for war service|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
27 August 1915 - Wounded in right leg, Dardanelles. 15 September 1916 - Wounded in right shoulder, France
|Date||25 August 1965||Age||71|
|Place of Death||Masterton|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Great niece D Watson recounted that when George Bruce Cliff was born on 14 October 1893 in Winchester, Canterbury, his father, George, was 63 and his mother, Mary Violetta, was 26.
On 12 December 1914 George joined the Army. He was wounded in right leg on 27 August 1915, while serving in the Dardanelles, and later was wounded again in the shoulder on 15 September 1916 in France. George served in France, Malta and Egypt.
Geirge was finally discharged on 3 February 918 as no longer fit for service due to wounds. He had married Ethel Florence Carthew in December 1917, in Newton Abbot, Devon. George came back from the war to discover that the farm at Winchester had gone (the family story is that a lawyer somehow gained possession of it). This apparently left George bitter, and he moved to Masterton to begin again. Ethel and George went on to have ten children in 18 years.
George died on 25 August 1965 in Masterton, Wellington, at the age of 71, and was buried there.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (October 2014); SCroll web submission from D Watson, 4 September 2017
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