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Geoffrey Crawcour Wilson

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Geoffrey Crawcour AWMM
  • Surname
    Wilson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Geoffrey Cracow AWMM
    • Geoffrey Cracow AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24/327 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 November 1893 AWMM East HamEssex AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 28 May 1915 AWMM Rotokohu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 W.A. Wilson (father), 92 Aldborough Road, Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, England AWMM
    • His father was William Alfred Wilson; his mother Elizabeth. At the time of their completing the Final Verification Papers, they had moved to "St. Breock," Woodford Bridge, Essex, England. Public - Geoffrey - Researcher - 24 April 2018 - CWGC Record
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 28 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    CanterburyNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 4 1/4 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      132 pounds AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      33 inches (min), 36 inches (max) AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to 15 General Hospital on 11 January 1916 (reason not stated). Discharged to Duty (Class A) on 19 January 1916. Rejoined unit on 11 February 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Hospitalised in France sometime in June 1916 (reason not stated). Rejoined unit on 26 June 1916. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded (gunshot wound to head and left shoulder) in France on 30 September 1916. Shipped to England on 8 October 1916. Admitted to hospital on 9 October (see service record for further details), and then to Walton-on-Thames. Transferred to Base Depot at Codford on 21 November 1916. AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Geoffrey Wilson was the son of William Alfred and Elizabeth Emily Wilson (née Crawcour), of St. Breock, Vicarage Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex, England.

    Period of Service:

    New Zealand: 134days.

    Overseas: 2 years 4 days.

    Total Service: 2 years 138 days.

    Recorded as Geoffrey Cracow in the Nominal Rolls

    "A hardworking military man: Rifleman Geoffrey Crawcour Wilson

    An English-born farmer from Rotokohu, 21 year old Rifleman Wilson volunteered for service in 1915. He served in the New Zealand Army for a period of 2 years and 138 days.

    Serving with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade during the Egyptian Campaign of 1915-1916, he was wounded twice in 1916 and subsequently hospitalised in France.

    In late 1916, Rifleman Wilson’s battalion moved to the Western Front, for the last phase of the Battle of the Somme, and the Battle of Messines before eventually moving to Passchendaele.

    The 3rd Battle of Ypres had begun in July 1917, and by the time the New Zealand battalions were engaged at Passchendaele in early October initial successes had faded with heavy rain and artillery fire turning the battlefield into a quagmire.

    On the morning of the 12th October, the 2nd Battalion advanced across open ground towards Bellevue Spur on the Passchendaele Ridge, which unknown to them had been fortified with German concrete pillboxes armed with machine guns. Many soldiers, including Wilson, were killed as they pressed on against heavy opposition.

    Following Wilson’s death, his family in England were presented with his 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, in addition to the 'death penny' given to each bereaved family.

    This single tag was returned to his family, along with his 16th Waikato collar badge engraved with the motto: “Ka Whawhai, Tonu, Ake Ake”. Excerpt from Coombe, Sophie. 'Faces of Passchendaele', Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Published: 12/10/2018. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XXXI.B.1. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Ilford War Memorial Hall, Ilford, Essex AWMM

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  • In the United Kingdom he is commemorated as follows:
    Ilford War Memorial Gazette
    Ilford War Memorial Hall
    Public - Geoffrey - Researcher - 24 April 2018



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24 April 2018GeoffreyTilbury, United KingdomResearcher
13 April 2015anonymous Palmerston North, New Zealand Other

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