GROVES, Charles
(Service number 6/465)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date 8 December 1914 Age
Address at Enlistment Gibson Street, Timaru
Occupation Stonemason, S.McBride, Sophia St, Timaru
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin C. GROVES (father), Gibson Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Infantry

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt 1914-15, Balkans (Gallipoli) 1915
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 10 May 1916 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 12 July 1975 Age
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 14 & 15 July 1975
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles GROVES, born on 19 August 1892, was the son of Charles and Janet (née ANNAN) GROVES. He was baptised on 6 November 1892 at the Geraldine Presbyterian Church. From the Territorials, he enrolled and passed the examination on 12 August 1914, in a very lively and busy Drill Shed; he was not one of those rejected because they were over age or under age, insufficiently developed, had no experience, or were over weight (the regulation weight was 12 stone). Brother Richard also served in WWI. One of the first to enlist and leave for the Front. He was in the Second South Canterbury Company under commanding officer Captain D. Grant. Charles was a member of the Star Football Club. At the club's annual meeting in April 1915 his name was among those forwarded to the South Canterbury Rugby Union for the compilation of a New Zealand Roll of Honour. Mrs Groves, the mother of Charles and Richard, did her part for the war effort - in July 1915 she gave money for wool to make Ambulance Comforts, and in September she donated to the fund for leather waistcoats. Charles, wounded, embarked for England on the hospital ship Ascania in September 1915. Shortly after he was admitted to the First Southern General Hospital, Birmingham.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 November 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0048240) [20 August 2015]; Timaru Herald, 24 December 1897, 13 February 1900, 19 February 1901, 23 December 1902, 27 January 1904, 25 May 1909, 27 July 1910, 9 September 1910, 27 September 1911, 10 October 1911, 12 October 1912, 13, 15 &19 August 1914, 18 September 1914, 16 April 1915, 2 July 1915, 2 August 1915 [x 2], 10 August 1915, 16 & 18 September 1915, 23 October 1915, 13 April 1916, 2 August 1916, 18 October 1916, 26 February 1917, 12 July 1917, 28 & 29 August 1917, 15 May 1918, Sun, 5 September 1914, Dominion, 16 & 24 September 1915Press, 18 March 1916, 20 & 26 June 1934, 24 June 1935 (Papers Past) [24 July 2014; 01 September 2014; 13 October 2014; 12 February 2015; 20 August 2015; 07 February 2017]; Timaru herald, 14 & 15 July 1975 (Timaru District Library) [08 July 2016]; Geraldine Presbyterian Church Baptism record (South Canterbury Museum) [03 September 2017]

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