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George Alexander Cameron

  • Service number
    WWI 50084 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Alec CAMERON Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • Wellington Mounted Rifles Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military record
  • Last rank
  • War
Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 74), Page: 3 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 74), Page: 3 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
    Trooper Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Forenames
    George Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Cameron AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Alec CAMERON Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    WWI 50084 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Presbyterian Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    18 Sept 1887 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Gisborne, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    son of Ewen & Martha Cameron Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record & Research
  • Address before enlistment
    Otoko, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
    Farmer Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J.B. Clark (brother-in-law), Matawai, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    single
    1921 married Ivy Myrtle Reece PAGE Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military Record & Research

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian E F Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • Wellington Mounted Rifles Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military record
  • Service number
    WWI 50084 AWMM
  • Military service
    1917-1919 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military record
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    T/Sgt>Trooper Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military record

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    British War & Victory Medals Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military record

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    29yrs 6mths Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Military record

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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • George Alexander Cameron was known to all his mates as "Alec", he was raised and lived on the East Coast of the North Island close to Gisborne. His extended family live there still today.

    When the Great War broke out Alec was working as a drover on a sheep run on the coast, a most unpopulated and very isolated area of the country. However it would be fair to say the whole nation of New Zealand would have been considered unpopulated in the years of the first world war 1914 - 1918. With a nation of only one million people living in an area larger in size than England, Scotland and Wales combined.

    Like many of New Zealand's young men, Alec volunteered himself and his trusted horse "Kia Ora" and joined the Wellington East Coast Mounted Rifles Squadron. After training finalised in Featherston he departed Wellington as part of the reinforcements for the NZMR in the Middle East Campaigns. He boarded H98 - The Troopship "Tofua" on the 13th November 1917.
    The Wellington Mounted Rifles had been fully involved in the Gallipoli and Sinai Campaigns, and by the time Alec reached the war front the NZMR Brigade had crossed into the "Holy Land" of Turkish Palestine. During the coming months the Wellington Mounted Rifles were involved in the advance and attacks on Jericho, Es Salt and a final victory at Amman. Finally on October 20th 1918 the war in the Middle East was over when Turkey sued for peace.
    Amongst the hell, terror and boredom that was war and of which the men never talked much about on their return home, there was one gem available to the men that gave great pleasure, and that was the motor car. And for Alec not just any motor car, the Dodge was a favourite. The exposure to this new mode of transport inspired a generation, and was instrumental in New Zealand's love affair of the car. When the men returned from war the growth of motor transport exploded.
    Alec came back home to the Coast and married. Utilising the government ballot he began sheep farming at Matawai and raised a family. As the years rolled by he never forgot his mates of the WMR nor his horse "Kia Ora" that he had to leave behind in Palestine - when the time came to replace his mount on the farm he always named the horse Kia-Ora, the Maori words for greeting and farewell: "Be- Well".

    For more information on the reunion photograph above of 1965, we had to ask Alec's grandson, Reece Burnett, to supply a little background.

    The reunion get together was the last the old soldiers of the Wellington East Coast Mounted Rifles ever made. The meeting took place at "Barwick's Auctioneers" in Peel Street, Gisborne where the photograph is taken. Most of the men were now in their seventies. Alec was keen to attend, but on the morning of the reunion jammed his right hand in a doorway. He was in a lot of pain but refused to go to hospital. Instead he bound his hand up tightly to protect it from further injury and went off to the gathering. He sits in the front row of the picture holding his hat in his left hand and sits back shielding his damaged hand. Directly behind him in rolled up shirt sleeves is his life long friend Fred Barwick the Gisborne Auctioneer. Each of the men wear the black and white stripped "East Coast Rifles" tie.
    The men in the photograph are all gone now, but obviously Alec is still here in spirit, his grandson Reece is a member of the NZMRA and he restores vintage cars for a hobby. But not just any old cars - Dodge Brothers cars. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - http://www.nzmr.org/tr_cameron.htm
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Death

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  • Death
    6 February 1983 Public Source
  • Date of death
    6 February 1983 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
    88yrs Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Place of death
    Gisborne, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Block RSA Plot 689 Warrant # 13403 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 2 January 2016 - Gisborne Cemetery Records
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