FRASER, Geoffrey Erle
(Service number 11/254)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Trooper|
|Date||29 June 1891||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||17 August 1914||Age||24|
|Address at Enlistment||Takapuna Street, Waipiro Bay, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||Timaru High School Cadets|
|Next of Kin||C.T Fraser (brother), Timaru, New Zealand|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||5'9", Dark complexion, brown eyes, dark hair.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Main Body|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Orari or Arawa|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Wellington Mounted Rifles|
|Campaigns||Egypt 1914-15; Gallipoli 1915|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||20 September 1915||Age||26|
|Place of Death||Malta|
|Cause||Wounded at Anzac Cove. Died of gunshot wounds to the head.|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Pieta, Military Cemetery, Malta|
|Memorial Reference||B. XIII. 5|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library); Waimataitai School War Memorial?; Memorial plaque, St Mary's Church, Timaru|
Geoffery Fraser was the son of Charlton S and Mary Anne (Minnie) Fraser of Selwyn Street,Timaru, New Zealand. His brother Douglas also fell during the war. Geoffrey's siblings were Hansome Home (b.1881), Elmira Lucy (b.1883), Winifred (b.1884), Eric John Freeland (b.1886), Doris Mary (b.1888), Douglas Playfair (b.1889), Eva Beryl (b.1892), and Gordon Lovat (b. 1893).
The Press of 22 September 1915 (p5) reported, in a "THE FALLEN AND WOUNDED." column:
"CORPORAL G. E. FRASER. Mr C. S. Fraser, of Timaru, has received a private cable message from Malta that his son, Geoffrey Earle Fraser (Wellington Mounted Regiment), who was wounded on August l0th, died on Saturday in hospital at Malta. The cable message was sent by a younger brother, who was also in hospital, having been wounded a second time. The deceased soldier was about 25 years of age. He was educated in Timaru, and went sheep-farming in the Gisborne district, and enlisted there as a trooper. He was promoted to be corporal on the field."
Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database (Sept 2013); Archives New Zealand (December 2014); SCroll web submission from L Seaton, 18 December 2015; Press, 22 September 1915
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