DEWAR, John Gilbert Clifford
(Service number 48923)
|Aliases||Enlsited as Clifford John DEWAR|
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank|
|Date||25 February 1891||Place of Birth||Gore|
|Address at Enlistment||16 York Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John Adamson DEWAR (father), 16 York Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||26th Reinforcements, G Company (part)|
|Date||9 June 1917|
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|Date||27 October 1963||Age||72 years|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 139, Plot 64|
|New Zealand Memorials|
John Gilbert Clifford Dewar was born on 25 February 1891 at Gore, the first-born of John Adamson and Jessie (née Brown) Dewar. He went through life known as Clifford John. He and his three brothers attended Invercargill Middle School. The family was still in Invercargill in 1911; in 1912 they moved to Timaru for Mr Dewar’s health; In 1914 the youngest (Phyllis) started at Timaru Main School.
Private C. J. Dewar was in a batch of South Canterbury men who flocked to the colours in May 1915 and were accepted in Timaru for service at the Front. On enlisting (as Clifford John Dewar), he was a jeweller, working for his brother a master jeweller in the Arcade, Timaru. Single and Presbyterian, he named his father as next-of-kn – John adamson Dewar, 16 York Street, Timaru. He had served with the Invercargill Volunteers until they were disbanded. It was not until 9 June 1917 that Rifleman C. J. Dewar embarked, leaving with the 26th Reinforcements by the “Willochra”.
After the war, Clifford Dewar was a printer and compositor, being at one time the publisher of the Timaru Post. He married Gladys May Williams (May) in 1921. Clifford John Gilbert Dewar died on 27 October 1863 at Timaru, aged 72 years, and was buried in Timaru Cemetery. May died 19 years later and was buried with him. Two of his brothers were called up in 1917 – Lyall Clement Dewar and Douglas Norman Dewar.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 May 2022]; Timaru Herald, 15 May 1915 (Papers Past) [13 May 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 May 2022]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [14 May 2022]
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