(Service number 48915)

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Date 23 September 1887 Place of Birth Hilton

Enlistment Information

Date 27 February 1917 Age
Address at Enlistment (1) C/o Wm Clark, Warren Street, Hastings; (2) Hilton
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience G Company, 26th Reinforcements - discharged unfit
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs T. WATTS (sister), Falsgrave Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 21 September 1930 Age 43 years
Place of Death In the mountain ranges beyond Geraldine.
Cause Collapse in bush
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New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Constable was the son of George and Jane (née Ford) Constable. George and Jane married in 1869 in England and came to New Zealand in 1874 with two young children. George senior died in 1916 at the Timaru Hospital, his wife Jane having died in 1911 at Napier . Young George was educated at Hilton School (also known as Kakahu School) where he and his brother Benjamin won prizes for Standard I in 1897. George junior married Ethel Annie Ede on 28 September 1918 at the Salvation Army Citadel, Hastings. Four children were born before George was to die tragically while on a pig-hunting expedition. The three hunters became lost in fog and darkness and sought shelter for a night. George collapsed and died, however, from cold and exhaustion. Ethel lived for another 46 years and is buried in the Temuka Cemetery. His brother, William Constable, and a nephew, Arthur George Payne, served in World War I.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [06 May 2018]; Temuka Leader, 8 January 1898, Timaru Herald, 9 October 1916, Hastings Standard, 3 October 1918, New Zealand Herald, 22 September 1930, Press, 23 September 1920 (Papers Past) [06 & 07 May 2018]; School admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [06 May 2018]; South Canterbury Branch NZSG research assistance [06 May 2018]

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