SCALES, Cyril George
(Service number 10388)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 5 June 1891 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 6 Repton Street, Merivale, Christchurch
Occupation Traveller
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Walter SCALES (father), 6 Repton Street, 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 12th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Battalion, J Company
Date 6 May 1916
Transport Mokoia or Navua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Days Interned
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 April 1950 Age 58 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 1A, Plot 65
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Cyril George Scales was born on 5 June 1891 at Christchurch, the second son of Walter Scales and his first wife, Georgina Heslope née Girle. He was educated at several schools in the South Island – Prebbleton, George Street Dunedin, Ashburton, Timaru Main, Christchurch Normal, accompanying different parents it appears. Walter and Georgona divorced in 1895, and Walter advertised that he would not be responsible for his wife’s debts. Walter was living at Timaru when Cyril entered Timaru Main School.

Walter married secondly, in 1898, Edith Hart. They had two daughters, the younger, Saide Ellen Scales marrying Gordon Roy Harris of Timaru in 1931, who served in orld War I, and the older, Lynda Ann Scales marrying Frank Joseph Cook of Timaru in 1929. Frank died in 1942 while serving in the Western Desert, leaving his widow and two young children.

On his return from the war, Cyril lived with his father and step-mother and in 1928 with his half-sister Sadie. He married Mabel Lindsay in 1928. After Walter’s death in 1930, Edith lived in Timaru near her two daughters.

Cyril’s older brother who served with the Australian forces in World War I as Gilbert Rosewall Burt, initially named as his next-of-kin his father Mr Walter Burt, of Christchurch, and after his marriage in 1916, his wife, Elsa Antonia Burt. Cyril George Scales, a war pensioner, died on 2 April 1950 and is buried in the Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 May 2020]; NZ Birth Index (microfiche) [31 May 2020]; School Admission records [31 May 2020]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery headstone transcription (NZSG cemetery records) [31 May 2020]; Ruru Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [31 May 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [31 May 2020]

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