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George Herbert Bray

Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known copyright restrictions

Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Bray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Herbert Bray AWMM
    • Herb AWMM
    • Bray AWMM
  • Service number
    South African 2335 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 November 1875 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 March 1900 AWMM Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr William Bray (father), Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa 28 March 1900 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 24 AWMM
    Carter/Civilian Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • 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 11 inches AWMM
    • Chest, Unknown Period AWMM
      38 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      18 stone 8 pounds AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Ada Grace nee Marks; father of four daughters.

    Listed on the Nominal Roll as Lance-Corporal.

    On discharge his character assessment was 'very good'.

    He lost his clasp 1901, but not his Anglo-Boer War medal, in America.

    On his return home he worked once again for his father's firm H. Bray & Son, carters, and gradually took over from his father to manage it.

    On 22 May 1911 at age of 34 he married 24 year old Ada Grace Marks at St Peters Church, Onehunga. The officiating minister was John Haselden. They had four daughters : Phyliss, Lorna, Mary & Grace.

    In 1926-7 Herb served on both the executive committee Onehunga Manukau Chamber of Commerce and the Onehunga Jubilee Committee. He also belonged to the Orphan's Club and the Ancient Order of the Foresters.

    Ada and Herb retired to the home they had built overlooking Lake Taupo until Herb's death in 1945. Ada died aged 83 on 17 June 1969. Both are interred at Waikaraka Park Cemetery in the Marks family plot.

    Completion of service Certificate No.2335

    Movements: Ottoshoop 16-20/8/1900 [action] en route to Zeerust

    Movements: Kaffir Kraal 24/10/1900 [action]

    Movements: Venetersdoorp : 28/12/1900 - 23/1/1901

    Movements: Cyferfontein : Jan 1901-6/3/1901

    Movements: Ventersdorp
    Attested as Herbert and listed at Archives New Zealand as Herbert Bray.

    The Zeerust Cup, a silver cup, is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and was loaned to the Rugby Museum, Palmerston North c2011.

    Photo: Te Awamutu Museum ref: 516 / R23:5 of the 1st New Zealand 15-pounder Field Artillery Football Team, 1902

    Father was named William Bray. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 August 1945 AWMM
    Age 69 AWMM
    RotoruaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area 2 Block M Lot No 21 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Onehunga South African War Tablet, Waikaraka Cemetery, Onehunga, Auckland AWMM

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