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George Frederick Falkiner

Portrait, and medals, a pencil sketch, drawn by Alan Patterson, Upper Hutt and medals added in by Chaplows, Upper Hutt from an original photo held in Australian records of George Federick Falkiner s/ 955. Image kindly provided by Terence Lomax. Image has all rights reserved.

Portrait, and medals, a pencil sketch, drawn by Alan Patterson, Upper Hutt and medals added in by Ch …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Falkiner AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 955 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Jul 1888 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra WhangareiNorthland Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Whangarei, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Charles Falkiner, Whangerei, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 September 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 955 AWMM
  • Military service
    2 years Artillery, New Zealand AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal and bar (MM*) AWMM
      MM. 25 October 1916: MM - 'On the night of 31st August, 1916, in the operations north west of POZIERES, Corporal FALKINER went out to lay a telephone line. Finding the usual route impassable owing to mud and damage caused by shell fire, he went out alone and laid the wire in the open, regardless of the heavy shelling from the enemy. He successfully accomplished his work and kept his Battalion in communication at a most critical time. This N.C.O. has done consistently excellent work since the landing at ANZAC on 25th April, 1915.' - 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62- 19/04/1917 | Bar to Military Medal - 'Is recommended for bravery, devotion to duty and skilful control of signal communications during operations near ZONNEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. Though wounded before the attack commenced, he remained on duty, supervising stations, helping to run lines and doing all within his power to assure smooth working. On duty without ret or respite during the whole tour, out at all times under the heaviest barrage, he was an example and an inspiration to all. Sergeant FALKINER was awarded the Military Medal for work at MOUQUET FARM on the 29th August, 1916.' - 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66- 02/05/1918 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 4" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      152 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

      Appointed Acting Corporal, 24 July 1915; Corporal, 24 July 1915.

      Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 3 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

      Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, Moascar, 1 February 1916 (chancre);

      Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

      Appointed Signaller Sergeant, Belgium, 9 September 1916.

      Awarded Military Medal.

      Wounded in action, 10 June 1917, remaining at duty.

      Wounded in action (second occasion), 25 September 1917, remaining at duty.

      Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 5 November 1917.

      On leave, 4 March 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 19 March 1918.

      Promoted Lieutenant, 5 April 1918.

      Detached to US Army, 24 September 1918; rejoined 13th Bn from detachment, 2 October 1918.

      On leave to United Kingdom, 5 October 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 22 October 1918.

      On 75 days' leave to United Kingdom, 10 November 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 7 February 1919.

      Marched out to England, 15 March 1919.

      Granted leave with pay and subsistence, 24 March-24 May 1919 (Non-Military Employment: telephone experience, attending Engineer, with GPO, London; granted extension, 25 May-24 July 1919.

      Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 3 September 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 7 November 1919.

      Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

      Death attributed to war service. AWMM
    • George's second cousin was Major (and Professor) Lyndhurst Falkiner Giblin DSO MC .. whose father William Giblin was George's father's cousin, and also 13th Premier of Tasmania

      The relationship is that Charles' father Edward Falkiner was a younger brother of Marian Falkiner who married William Robert Giblin's father William Giblin ....

      Charles' mother Fanny Gale (George's grandmother) was a relative of Anthony Gale, 4th Commandant of the US Marines (Gale family from Carlow in Ireland)

      Georges' Mother was Moetu Taui, whangai of Pene Taui(II), 2nd Chair of the Te Kotahitanga Maori Parliament of the 1890's, and the daughter of Taui Kahi, son of Kahi of Ohaeawai. Pene Taui(II)'s father Pene Taui(I) was the native chief at Ohaeawae who defeated the British in July 1845 after developing his Pa with trenches and large Puriri logs faced with flax to withstand cannon fire (as recorded by the Rev Davis), and then led the main forces at Ruapekapeka (according to his obituary written by Pene Taui Mitai). Pene Taui (I) was the recorded (by Cowan) as being the last Ngapuhi "High Chief" and was a close relative of Te Pahi and Ruatara. Public - Terence - Other relative - 12 October 2015 - Maori Land Court records and documents from National Archives, plus Te Waimimiti and Kaiwhakaire Land Block Court Case in 1890 and 1897.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • What a pity we never got to know you !
    Public - Terence - Other relative - 21 April 2017
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