LAW, George
(Service number 48877)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 24 March 1893 Place of Birth Forgue, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 29 January 1917 Age 23 years
Address at Enlistment Merry Street, Waimate
Occupation Motor lorry driver
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs M. LAW (mother), Merry Street, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation
Unit, Squadron, or Ship
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With 28 Special Unit

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

Motor driver; grocer


Date 18 April 1962 Age 68 years 11 months
Place of Death Waimate
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Lawn Cemetery
Memorial Reference Beam 25, Plot 1275
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Law was born on 24 April 1893 at Forgue, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the second son of George and Mary (née Nicol) Law. In 1901 George was a scholar, at home with his family at Forgue, where his father was a blacksmith. In the 1900s the family, except the two eldest daughters who remained in Scotland, came to New Zealand. They may not have all come together. By 1914 George junior was a carter, like his father, living at home at Waimate. He was a motor lorry driver for the C.F.C.A. at Waimate when he enlisted on 29 January 1917 at Timaru. Single and Presbyterian, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs M. Law, Merry Street, Waimate. He had served with the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment until his time expired.

G. Law was one of 19 recruits who left from the Waimate Railway Station on 16 November 1915. They paraded, accompanied by bands, and were addressed by the deputy mayor – “They have heard the call of duty, and have responded to it nobly. They are going to fight for truth and justice.. . . Over 2000 of our lads have laid down their lives on Gallipoli. Are we going to allow their sacrifices to be in vain? . . . . trust you will return covered with honour and glory.” The Rev. Stockwell said “we were sending men of the right stamp. . . . They were going to fight in a noble cause – the cause of liberty, freedom, righteousness, honour and truth.”

While at Trentham Camp he was admitted to Wairarapa Ward suffering with influenza. George had pre-existing medical conditions which resulted in his being recommended for Home Service. Private G. Law gave 4½ months of service with the 28 Special Unit. The name of G. Law appeared regularly on the Waimate Daily Advertiser Roll of Honour under the sub-title of Answered the Call.

George Law married Charlotte Mavers Kenn Dempster in 1919 at Waimate. George and Charlotte lived at Waimate. George died on 18 April 1962 at Waimate, just two days before his 69th birthday. He was buried at the Waimate Lawn Cemetery. Charlotte lived on to 1986, dying at the age of 93. George’s older brother, John Nicol Law, served overseas during the war. Their mother died in 1929 and their father in 1944.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 July 2022]; 1901 Scotland census returns ( [23 July 2022]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [23 July 2022]; Waimate Cemetery headstone & burial record (Waimate District City Council) [23 July 2022]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 16 November 1915, 30 May 1918 (Papers Past) [18 September 2019; 23 July 2022]

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