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George Ashby

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011) - No known copyright restrictions

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2 …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    George AWMM
  • Surname
    Ashby AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2447 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Dannevirke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    South Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2447 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Groom/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

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
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Enteric fever AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • George Ashby, of Anglo-Irish descent, was the eldest son of a well-to-do Irish farmer and magistrate, Robert Ashby of Clonamondra and Kilbraugh in the Parish of Kilcooley-Gortnahoe, to the east of Thurles, County Tipperary.

    A keen huntsman and distinguished horserider, George came to New Zealand with the intention of buying a farm of his own, but instead volunteered for service with the New Zealand Contingent to the Boer War. He survived a number of wartime engagements, but died of enteric in South Africa at the war's end.

    He is remembered as a kindly man who was sadly missed by his family. His South African medal with bars is missing (1998).

    Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure.

    At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 April 1901 AWMM
    KrugersdorpSouth Africa AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902 AWMM

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