SCOTT, George Wilford
(Service number 11/373)

First Rank (1) Trooper; (2) Second Lieutenant Last Rank Lieutenant


Date 12 July 1894 Place of Birth Waihola

Enlistment Information

Date 14 August 1914 Age 20 years 1 month
Address at Enlistment (1) Porangahau
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience Gore High School 1908-1911; 12th (Otago) Mounted Rifles 1911-1914 - serving
Marital Status (1) Single
Next of Kin A. A. SCOTT (father), Sefton Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 153 lbs. Chest measurement 31-35 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes grey. Hair dark. Sight - both eyes slightly impaired. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth - no decay. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No remarks.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) Main Body; (2) New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) Wellington Mounted Rifles; (2) 37th Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date (1) 16 October 1914; (2) 23 April 1918
Transport (1) Orari; (2) Willochra
Embarked From (1) Wellington; (2) Wellington Destination (1) Suez, Egypt; (2) Southampton, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Wellington Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan (Gallipoli); Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory 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 12 October 1919 Reason Struck off Strength of New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Six weeks in hospital in 1915.

Post-war Occupations



Date 27 July 1966 Age 72 years
Place of Death 130 Forbury Road (residence), Dunedin
Notices Timaru Herald, 29 July 1966
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Crematorium, Dunedin. Ashes scattered
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Wilford SCOTT was the son of Adam Arthur SCOTT, and brother of Eric Arthur SCOTT. Enlisting on 14 August 1914, on the outbreak of war, G. W. Scott went with the Main Body and returned to Auckland on 9 September 1917. George married Marie Louise Ellen Home Sams in 1925 in New Zealand. After 5 years 3 months of service in World War One he enlisted for World War Two.

Extracts from George Wilford Scott's diary for August 1915, while at Gallipoli, appear in Robin S. Scott,, "A Suitcase of Letters: The history of a family of Wilsons told by them in the letters they wrote from the 1790's-1930's" (Richmond, N.Z.: R.S. Scott, c1999).


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [08 August 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives ref. AABK 18805 W5922 0102552) [14 October 2016], NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives ref. AABK 18805 W592258 0361328) [14 October 2016, 09 June 2017]; Timaru Herald, 29 July 1966 (Timaru District Library) [29 December 2015]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [20 July 2017]; SCRoll submission by A Gee, 4 July 2022

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