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Gordon Gerald Harper

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  • Service number
    7/516 AWMM
  • Also known as
    • Gerald Gordon Harper AWMM
    • George Gerald AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Second Lieutenant AWMM
    Canterbury Mounted Rifles AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon Gerald AWMM
  • Surname
    Harper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Gerald Gordon Harper AWMM
    • George Gerald AWMM
  • Service number
    7/516 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Catholic, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    15 February 1885 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Sheep farmer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown 10 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    George Harper, Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 Oct 1914 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    7/516 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      Distinguished 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. AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      Mentioned 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

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 16 October 1914 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM HMNZT 4 or HMNZT 11 AWMM
    Vessel was Tahiti or Athenic AWMM
    Trooper AWMM
    Canterbury Mounted Rifles AWMM
    Main Body AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Second Lieutenant AWMM
    Canterbury Mounted Rifles AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    31 AWMM
  • Date of death
    12 August 1916 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    Egypt AWMM
  • Death notes
    Egypt AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt AWMM
  • Grave reference
    M. 133. AWMM
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12 September 2015VictoriaWellingtonResearcher