GASON, Alfred Edward Rex
(Service number 6/1292)
|Aliases||Alf. Enlisted as Alfred Edward GAYSON.|
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||28 June 1897||Place of Birth||Milford, Temuka|
|Date||5 October 1910||Age||18 yrs 4 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Milford, Temuka|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd South Canterbury Regiment|
|Next of Kin||Henry GAYSON (father), Milford, Temuka|
|Medical Information||eight 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 135 lbs. Chest measurement 33-36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair auburn. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision good. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth - upper central incisor bad. Free from hernia, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Slight varicocele. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. Only slight defects but not sufficient to cause rejection.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||14 December 1914|
|Transport||Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; 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||3 March 1916||Reason||No longer physically fit. Wounds|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
August 1915 at the Dardanelles, Gallipoli wounded in the left leg. Evacuated back to New Zealand, invalided, by the Willochra in October 1915.
|Date||8 March 1974||Age||76 yrs|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch|
|Memorial Reference||Block 3, Plot 211|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Son of John Henry Bennett GASON & Mary Elizabeth (Rose) nee CAMPBELL, of Temuka. Brother of William Henry GASON killed in action in 1917 in Belgium. Born in 1897. Attended Milford & Temuka Convent Schools. In 1908 Alf was awarded a gold medal in Standard III at St Joseph's School, Temuka. When his brother William was charged January 1914 and subsequently fined, the hearing of the charge against Alfred of failing to attend parade was adjourned. Alf joined the N.Z.E.F. at just 17 years of age, although he stated that he was 18 years and 4 months, and went to Gallipoli. On his medical examination form it is stated that he is under age but has parents' consent. Alfred was bid farewell, along with fellow volunteer James Horgan, at his parents' home at Milford in October 1914. Although he returned home invalided by the Willochra late in 1915, it appears that he was formally welcomed home at a very large gathering at the Milford School in June 1917, again with James Horgan and also G. Aspinall and L. Trumper. They were entertained and then each presented with a medal of honour. He had however, welcomed home in March 1916 at the same function at which his brother Willie was farewelled. On this occasion it was recorded tht Alfred 'had been honourably discharged after being wounded in the service of his King and country'.. He celebrated 18th birthday at Gallipoli. In April 1920 he was successful in a ballot for sections for discharged soldiers (Brookdale, near Hawarden). Married Frances Lilian DOYLE in 1926 and they had a family of three sons and three daughters. Alfred's mother was another woman who was involved in patriotic activities, as exemplified by her donation towards the one hundred leather waistcoats ptomised from Temuka for the men at the Front.
Cenotaph Database [10 November 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0043779) [06 June 2014]; CWGC [09 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 23 December 1908, 21 January 1914, 22 October 1914, 31 August 1915, 02 & 04 September 1915, 21 October 1915, 4 March 1916, 25 June 1917, 09 April 1920 (Papers Past) [19 October 2013, 10 November 2013; 06 & 07 June 2014]; Ancestry.com.au - Family Tree [12 October 2013]; CCC cemeteries database, Memorial Park Cemetery ; Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch - Monumental Inscriptions (South Canterbury Branch NZSG CD06) [10 November 2013].
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