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Walter George Woolford

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter George AWMM
  • Surname
    Woolford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    George Woolford AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 40468 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 November 1888 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Amy Elizabeth Woolford (mother), 6 Rocklands Avenue, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 April 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 40468 AWMM
  • Military service
    • No. 1 Garrison Artillery Volunteers for 4.5 years AWMM
    • Field Artillery for 6 months AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Basic Training, Trentham AWMM
    • Battalion/Sling, England, 28 July - 11 November 1917 AWMM
    • Qualified 1st Class Signaller, 28 October 1917 AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW1 4 October 1916 AWMM Watchmaker/Civilian 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
    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fit AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in action 27 August 1918 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Sent to 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Discharged from 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst, to NZ Convalescent Camp at Hornchurch. Reported back when feeling ill on leave. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Transferred to 2 NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Pernicious anaemia and cardiac failure AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • George Woolford was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Woolford, of Auckland.

    George served in the same company as his younger brother Jim (Frederick James Woolford 42841). In a letter dated 14 September 1918, he described to his family in New Zealand the details of Jim's death. On the morning of 25 August, the New Zealanders began shelling the enemy positions at Bapaume, France prior to sending in the infantry. George was in a position to observe Jim in front of him as they began advancing under cover of a heavy mist. However, George believed they advanced too quickly and came under their own artillery barrage. He watched as a shell burst and Jim fell dead. Another friendly shell landed nearby, killing five members of a Lewis machine-gun team. George plucked up his courage and went on to single-handedly capture a German machine-gun post.

    Although George survived the attack on Bapaume, he was later wounded and sent to hospital in England. He recovered from his wounds but then succumbed to disease, contracted pernicious anaemia and died in 1919. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    6 January 1919 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Walton-on-ThamesSurrey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England AWMM II. G. 6. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      60: 13 AWMM
    • Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey, England AWMM
      Cemetery register no. 182707 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
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