COLVILL, Alexander
(Service number 49668)

Aliases May be G. A.
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 31 October 1896 Place of Birth Glentunnel

Enlistment Information

Date 26 February 1917 Age 20 years 4 months
Address at Enlistment Waihaorunga, Waihao Downs
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. HAWKINS (mother), Waihaorunga, Waimate, Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4¾ inches. Weight 130 lbs. Chest measurement 33-35 inches. Complexion ruddy. Eyes grey. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both noemal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No vaccination mark. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. 2 scars right arm from old bullet wound. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 28th Reinforcements, Specialists Company, Machine-Gun Section
Date 24 July 1917
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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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 7 June 1919 Reason On termination of period of Engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 25 December 1955 Age 59 years
Place of Death Auckland
Notices Timaru Herald, 27 December 1955
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland
Memorial Reference Block K, Row 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Alexander Colvill was the son of Alexander and Isabella (née Nicol) Colvill, both born in Scotland. He was educated at Glentunnel School then Waihaorunga. His father had died in October 1900 at his farm, Wairiri Valley, Glentunnel. To wind up the estate of Alexander senior, in January 1901 there was a clearing sale of stock and implements and the sale of his "choice farm" which was in "splendid order" and included a new house of seven rooms with all conveniences. Come August 1906, his widow, Isabella, offered for lease a good small farm situated between Glentunnel and Coalgate and held in the estate of Alexander Colvill. As of 1906 his mother was Mrs Hawkins. She appears to have married Thomas Hawkins in 1915. Alice Linda Hawkins, a step-sister of the Colvill family, was born in 1909.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [05 November 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK18805 W5562 0129229) [09 November 2016]; Press, 30 October 1900, 21 January 1901, 4 August 1906 (Papers Past) [09 November 2016]; Timaru Herald, 27 December 1955 (Timaru District Library) [09 November 2016]

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