GAWLER, Charles John
(Service number 64950)

First Rank Private Last Rank WWI - Private; WWII - Sergeant


Date 16 August 1897 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 47 Buchanan Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Occupation Cycle mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Robert GAWLER (father), 47 Buchanan Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

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 35th Reinforcements, Specialist Company
Date 2 March 1918
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Southampton, Hampshire, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With WWI - Machine Gun Corps; WWII - NZ Temporary Staff

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Cycle mechanic


Date 4 July 1976 Age 78 years
Place of Death Wanganui
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated and ashes interred Aramoho Cemetery, Wanganui
Memorial Reference RSA Block B, Plot 43
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles John Gawler, born on 16 August 1897 at Waimate, was the third son of Robert Pinney and Agnes (née Tully) Gawler. He was educated at Oamaru North School and, after time in England when the family went there in 1906, attended Ashburton and Prebbleton schools. Charles married Caroline Sargent in 1926. Charles Gawler also saw service in World War II. George Gawler also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [04 June 2010]; School Admission records [04 June 2020]; Whanganui cremation record & Aramoho Cemetery headstone transcription [04 June 2020]; Three service reocrds available - see links below and

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