(Service number 32928)
|First Rank||Sapper||Last Rank||Sapper|
|Date||2 November 1887||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||King Street, Mosgiel|
|Occupation||Carpenter for Fletcher Bros, Dunedin|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs G. Walton (mother), King Street, Mosgiel|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||21st Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Engineers|
|Date||21 January 1917|
|Transport||HMNZT 74 Ulmiroa|
|Embarked From||Destination||Plymouth, Devon|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Engineers|
|Service Medals||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|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||18 August 1917||Age|
|Place of Death||Belgium|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France|
|Memorial Reference||I. Z. 30.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Fairlie War Memorial|
George Walton, the son of George and Jane Walton, of King Street, Mosgiel, was born at Mosgiel on 2 November 1887. George (junior) had an older brother, Vickers, and a sister, Rhoda, both of whom were born in England. His father, a miner died suddenly in 1898 when George was only 11 years of age.
George was educated at East Taieri School finishing there in 1900. By 1911 electoral rolls indicate George appeared to have to carpentry in Fairlie. Newspaper reports covering the activities of the Fairlie rugby team include a “G Walton”. In August 1906 Walton played as a forward for Fairlie against a South Canterbruy Junior representative teram. He ran out again for Fairlie in 1907 against Cricklewood, and in 1910 represented the Fairlie Club as it’s vice-captain.
On enlisting in 1916 George was was working for Fletcher Bros in Dunedin. He had been rejected for service earlier as a result of a twisted knee. But now at 28 years old, 5ft 71/2” tall, and weighing 145lb (10st 5lb) he was declared fit for service. He had fair hair, fair complexion, and blue eyes. His record stated that he had suffered pleurosy two years previously. George’s declared religion on enlistment was Presbyterian, but later after he died memorial service was held in the Mosgiel Methodist Church, where he is listed on Church’s memorial gate.
George embarked on HMNZT 74 ‘Ullimaroa’ on 19 January 1917, for Plymouth, England. On arrival in England he spent some time with the Royal Engineers at Boscombe. He served with the 19th, 20th and 21st Reinforcements. George was made a Corporal on 15 January 1917, and the made a temporary Lance Corporal on 29 March 1917. He arrived in France on 2 May 1917, and a month later (on 3 June 1917) relinquished the temporary appointment to Lance Corporal
George was wounded on 7 August, his records recording he suffered a gun shot wound to his left shoulder and chest penetration. He died at an Australian Casualty Clearing Station in Belgium on 18 August 1917. He was buried in the Military Cemetery Trois Arbres, Steenwerck, Nord, France.
Following the war George’s plaque, scroll, and medals were sent to his mother.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 August 2018]; SCRoll web submission by J Lyall, 15 August 2018; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 R22015687) [25 August 2018];
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Tony Rippin, South Canterbury Museum
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