LINDSTROM, George Alfred
(Service number 70400)
|Aliases||Enlisted as George Albert LINDSTROM|
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Lance-Corporal|
|Date||18 February 1900||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||8 October 1917||Age||17 years 7 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Papakura, Auckland|
|Previous Military Experience||11th Taranaki Rifles - left district|
|Next of Kin||Miss Ruby BUCHANAN (cousin), 5 Tootager (Trafalgar) Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||36th Reinforcements, C Company|
|Date||23 April 1918|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Southampton, Hampshire, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Infantry|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||18 October 1919||Reason||On termination of period of engagement.|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||16 January 1971||Age||70 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Notices||Press, 18 January 1971|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch|
|Memorial Reference||Block 3, Plot 342|
|New Zealand Memorials|
George Alfred Lindstrom was born on 18 February 1900 at Timaru, the oldest son of Gustaf Hjalmer Lindstrom and Georgina Annie (Queenie) née McGarva. Gustaf from Sweden and New Zealand born Georgina married in 1896 in New Zealand. They had four daughters and three sons. George was educated at the New Plymouth Convent School, Frankley Road School, New Plymouth, and West End School, New Plymouth. His mother died in 1915 at New Plymouth.
On enlisting, George gave his birth year as 1897, presumably to disguise his real age. That, too, may have been the reason he served as George Albert Lindstrom. He was a farm hand at Papakura, Auckland. Single and Roman Catholic, he named his cousin as next-of-kin – Miss Ruby Buchanan, 5 Tootager (Trafalgar) Street, Timaru. Ruby’s mother was a sister of George’s mother. Private G. A. Lindstrom embarked with the 36th Reinforcements, departing from Wellington for Southampton, England, on 23 April 1918 per the “Willochra”. He actually disembarked at Suez on 31 May 1918. The Hororata’s draft which was due at Wellington on or about 20 September 1919, brought home G. A. Lindstrom, 70400, of Timaru. He was discharged on 18 October 1919, on the termination of his period of engagement and received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
George Alfred Lindstrom married Ethel Duggan on 18 April 1922 at the Hawera Roman Catholic Church. He died on 16 January 1971 at Christchurch, aged 70 years, and was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery after a service at St Paul’s Catholic Church. He was survived by his widow, two sons and four daughters. Ethel was buried with him in 1983 and a son in 1992.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 June 2023]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 June 2023]; School Admission records (New Plymouth Branch NZSG) [26 June 2023]; Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch, headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [26 June 2023]; Memorial Park Cemetery burial records (Christchurch City Council) [26 June 2023]; Star, 26 August 1919, NZ Times, 27 August 1919, Press, 18 & 19 January 1971 (Papers Past) [26 June 2023]
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Teresa Scott, South Canterbruy Genealogy Society
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