CURRY, George
(Service number 6/4231)

First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 26 June 1898 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 8 King Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Occupation Brickmaker
Previous Military Experience 29th Company Cadets
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Florence CURRY (mother), Temuka
Religion Anglican
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 11th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 1 April 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With 1st Battalion Canterbury Regiment

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 24 July 1979 Age 81 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru
Memorial Reference Garden No 3
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Curry was born on 26 June 1898 at Temuka, the second son of James and Florence Selina (née Williams) Curry, the first-born having died in infancy. He was educated at Milford School near Temuka. Private G. Curry embarked for Suez, Egypt with the 11th Reinforcements on 1 April 1916.

He returned to New Zealand in March 1918. The South Canterbury men came from Lyttelton by special train expected mid afternoon on the 19th March. A large crowd was expected at Temuka to meet them and the Temuka Band would be in attendance. Despite the very wet weather, a large crowd did assemble at the Temuka railway station. The train was late and the band played some selections to pass the time. The mayor said that “Temuka was proud to welcome the men back, and best thanks were due to the soldiers for what they had done for us. He trusted that they would be soon restored to health and strength.”

George Curry married Ethel Rose King in 1918. He died on 24 July 1979 at Timaru, aged 81 years, and was cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 January 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 January 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [16 January 2021]; Salisbury Park Crematorium plaque image & record [11 January 2021]; Timaru Herald, 18 & 20 March 1918, Temuka Leader, 19 & 21 March 1918 (Papers Past) [07 & 09 April 2015; January 2021]

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