KARTON, George Francis
(Service number 24/1405)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Driver|
|Date||15 April 1895||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||24 August 1915||Age||20|
|Address at Enlistment||48 Ferguson St, Palmerston North, Wellington|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs F Karton (mother) Buchanan St, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5ft 4in, Brown Eyes, Dark brown hair|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||2nd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||2nd NZRB, F Company|
|Date||13 November 1915|
|Transport||Willochra or Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Campaigns||Egypt, Western front|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1914-15 Star|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||8 June 1919||Reason||Termination of period of engagement|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
8 August 1917 - Slight gunshot wound left forearm in the field. Rejoined unit 16 August.
Butcher, Gas fitter
|Date||21 May 1971||Age||75|
|Place of Death||Timaru|
|Notices||Dept of Internal Affairs|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru cemetery-Services|
|Memorial Reference||Row 155 Plot 45|
|New Zealand Memorials|
George Francis Karton was born at Timaru on 15 April 1895 to Francis and Madeline Karton of Buchanan’s Paddock.
On his enlistment George was a hairdresser, his last employer being FJ Torrie of Timaru (even though his last address is given as 48 Ferguson St, Palmerston North). He was described as 5ft 4in tall with brown eyes and dark brown hair, Anglican, and single. He was enrolled as a rifleman in the 2nd Reinforcements to 2nd Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade, embarking at Wellington on 13 November 1915, bound for Egypt. He served in Egypt and the Western Front. Karton received a slight gunshot wound to his left forearm in August 1917 but rejoined his unit a week later. Later, the Timaru Herald of 11 November 1918 (Armistice Day) reported that Mrs F Karton of Buchanan Street had received word that her son, Private Thomas Karton, was wounded and admitted to hospital on 29 October. The paper also noted that Mrs Karton had "...three other sons at present in the firing line on the Western Front." George Karton was eventually discharged from duty on 8 June 1919, having served 3 years and 289 days. He was awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal and the 1914/15 Star.
After the war George married Lucy Lavina Bracefield in 1921, and by 1928 was described as a butcher, living at 70 Church St, Timaru. When he died in May 1971, aged 75, he was living at 83 Otipua Rd. He is buried in Timaru Cemetery.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database [August 2021]; NZBDM; Timaru District Council cemetery records at https://www.timaru.govt.nz/services/community-and-culture/cemeteries/cemetery-search; Papers Past at https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/; Assorted records at Ancestry.com [August 2021];
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