Gordon Gerald Harper Born 15 February 1885 - Died 12 August 1916 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number7/516 AWMM Also known asGerald Gordon Harper AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Last rankWW1 AWMMSecond Lieutenant AWMMCanterbury Mounted Rifles AWMM WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Lay a poppy Portrait from Powles, C.G. (1922). - No known copyright rest … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesGordon Gerald AWMM SurnameHarper AWMM Ingoa Also known asGerald Gordon Harper AWMM Service number7/516 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionCatholic, Christian AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth15 February 1885 AWMM Place of birthChristchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesChristchurch, New Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW1 AWMMSheep farmer AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMM10 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationGeorge Harper, Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 16 October 1914 AWMMSingle AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number7/516 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsDistinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMMDistinguished Conduct Medal (DCM): For conspicuous gallantry between the 21st and the 30th August, 1915, at Kaiajik Aghala (Dardanelles), when in charge of machine guns. He invariably displayed great bravery and devotion to duty. L.G. 11 March 1916, p2746. AWMMMentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMMMentioned in Despatches (MID): in connection with operations described in General I. Hamilton's despatch dated 11 December 1915. L.G. 28 January 1916, p1210. AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 AWMMUnknown AWMMCanterbury, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW1 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 AWMM16 October 1914 AWMMLyttelton, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM16 October 1914 AWMMHMNZT 4 , HMNZT 11 AWMMWellington, New Zealand, Suez, Egypt AWMMDeparted - 16 October 1914 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW1 AWMM16 October 1914 AWMMMain Body AWMMCanterbury Mounted Rifles AWMMTahiti or Athenic AWMMTrooper AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesDied of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankWW1 AWMMSecond Lieutenant AWMMCanterbury Mounted Rifles AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › He was the sixth son of Mr George Harper of Christchurch, Barrister-at-law.On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the New Zealand Mounted Rifles' Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry and left New Zealand with the Main Body New Zealand Expeditionary Force in October, 1914.He saw much service in Gallipoli with the Machine-gun section of the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry, was wounded during the operations following Suvla Bay landing in August, 1915, and was sent to hospital in England.For his services during these operations he was awarded the D.C.M. and at about the same time, received his commission as machine-gun officer. After recovering from his wound he returned to Egypt in December 1915 and saw service in the operations on the Suez Canal up to the time of his death.The Museum Library has a copy of 'Letters from Gunner 7/516 and Gunner 7/517' by Barbara Harper (Ref. D640) This is an edited edition of the letters written by these two soldiers during World War 1.He died at Cairo on 12 August 1916 from wounds received at the fighting at Romani, Egypt.Listed incorrectly as George Gerald in the Nominal Rolls AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death31 AWMM Date of death12 August 1916 AWMM Cause of deathDied of wounds AWMM Place of deathEgypt AWMM Death notesEgypt AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameCairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt AWMM Grave referenceM. 133. AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Gordon Gerald Harper by laying a poppy. George Francis Harper George Henry Harper Gordon Gerald Harper Gordon Noel Harper Henry Harper Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Gordon Gerald Harper Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedPowles, C.G. (1922). The New Zealanders in Sinai and Palestine. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe and Tombs. Digitised copy on NZETC site.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-Sina.htmlSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=16791830Archives NZOther military personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=7880121Archives NZ DocumentsBoyack, N. (1989). Behind the lines : the lives of New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. Wellington, N.Z.: Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press. AWMMNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMVol1: 304 AWMMAlexander Turnbull Library MS Papers 1444; Letters 1914-15; Diary May-August 1915. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.