(Service number 6/1431)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sergeant


Date 16 October 1894 Place of Birth Amberley

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 50 Russell Square, Timaru
Occupation Clerk (NZ Railways)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin G. WINSKILL (father), Amberley, Canterbury
Religion Anglican
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 2nd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 14 December 1914
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 27 March 1918 Age 23 years
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France
Memorial Reference V. D. 3.
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Winskill was born on 16 October 1894 at Amberley, the eldest son of George and Mary (née Blain) Winskill. He was educated at the local Amberley School. George was a clerk for New Zealand Railways at Timaru when he enlisted. He nominated his father as next-of-kin. Just 20 years old, he embarked on 14 December 1914.

In August 1915 Private George Winskill was wounded at the Dardanelles. Sergeant George Winskill had been at the Front for over three years when he was killed in action at the Somme by a sniper. He was initially buried in an isolated trench near colincamps and later interred in the Euston Road Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [29 September 2020]; School Admission record (Oamaru Branch NZSG) [29 September 2020]; Otago Witness, 15 September 2020 (Papers Past) [28 September 2020].

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