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George Pow

Portrait, George Wallace Pow in uniform. Note that there are Sergeant's stripes on his uniform - it is understood that he was promoted in the field but surrendered the rank on returning to camp. - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, George Wallace Pow in uniform. Note that there are Sergeant's stripes on his uniform - it …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George AWMM
  • Surname
    Pow AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 27579 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 May 1896 AWMM EdendaleSouthland AWMM
    Edendale, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 June 1916 AWMM 70 Tramway Rd, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C. Pow (mother), 70 Tramway Road, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 23 September 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Featherston Military Camp AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Farm hand/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 3/4 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      198 pounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to 51st General Hospital (3 months) AWMM
    • Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
      Old Age AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Birth certificate notes Pow's birthdate as 24th February 1898 (actual age on enlistment 18 years 3 months) while embarkation rolls list Pow's birthdate as 25th May 1896.

    Brother of His brother Lt. Col. James Pow (DSO)

    Documents in the family's possession record that Pow was at No. 5 Rest Camp, Ostrohove, Boulogne, on 20 December 1918. Colonel G.W. Maunsell was the Camp Commandant.

    Returned to New Zealand on SS Arawa from Tillbury, London 1 April 1919.

    He served in the following units:

    On 7 January 1917 he was posted to 8 Company and that became A Company.

    2 Battalion of 3 New Zealand Rifle Brigade - which became 2nd Infantry Brigade on 17 January 1917.

    On 13 September 1917 he joined the 8th Battalion, A Company.

    Died aged 75 years, 5 months AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 November 1971 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
    BalcluthaOtago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • I have finished my mancave ive built in Renwick and have started to decorate the entrance with the tools that George had as a carpenter. His toolbox he made in his apprenticeship in 1913 takes pride of place. I still cherish the hundreds of photos and post cards he brought back from France Belgium and Germany. I do like the one of you when you were working building the Matara Freezing works in Southland. The trench art George made was so fine in detail and quite real.
    Public - Bretton George - Direct descendant - 20 March 2021



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      41: 16 AWMM
    • Pakeha : the journal of the Seventeenth Reinforcements of the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces - aboard H.M.N.Z. Transport 65 (S.S."Pakeha") AWMM
      The Pakeha, ship's newspaper AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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20 March 2021Bretton GeorgeChristchurchDirect descendant

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