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John Wallace Geange

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 257 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 257 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Wallace AWMM
  • Surname
    Geange AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWI 11/53 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Waka
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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Trentham, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John Geange (father), Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/53 AWMM
  • Military service
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    • John Geange was the son of John and Christina Geange, of Main Rd., Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Served at Gallipoli. AWMM
    • Enlisted for war service on 13 August 1914 - at Palmerston North, Manawatu District - aged 23 years.
      Embarked - for overseas war service - with the Main Body 1NZEF on 15 October 1914.
      Served as a Trooper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles - 1NZEF - at Egypt (1915) and Gallipoli (1915).

      30 May 1915 - Severely wounded at Gallipoli. Struck by shrapnel bullets - one of which nearly severed his spine - leading to permanent paralysis of the lower limbs.
      Medically invalided - from Gallipoli - to 15th General Hospital at Alexandria, Egypt.

      Medically invalided from Alexandria to England 27 July 1915.
      Medically invalided home to New Zealand - from England - arriving at New Zealand on 12 December 1916.

      Died at Rotorua, New Zealand on 31 March 1917.
      Buried at Trentham (St John's Anglican Cemetery).

      Further notes from War Graves (New Zealand).

      The remains of the late Cpl. John Wallace Geange Wellington Mounted Rifles, Main Expeditionary Force, and eldest son of Mr. J. Geange of Upper Hutt, were interred at St. John's, Trentham, with military honours yesterday afternoon. Deceased received seven wounds at Gallipoli. He recovered from six, but the seventh, which nearly severed his spine, caused paralysis of the lower portion of the body. He underwent treatment at various hospitals in England, and as he had made a partial recovery, he was sent back to New Zealand.
      He was the New Zealander of whom it was cabled out that the King had specially honoured him by conversation and handshake on the occasion of the Anzac service at Westminster Abbey that he had been invited to tea, and entertained by the King and Queen at Buckingham Palace, being sent to both functions in a special conveyance.
      He died at Rotorua on Friday last, after having been confined to his bed for nearly two years. The Bishop of Wellington and the Rev. A. D. Stratford, M.A., officiated at the graveside. The Trentham Band and a firing party were in attendance, together with the Upper Hutt platoon, D Company, 5th Regiment, Territorial’s, under Cpl. K. M'Curdy, Upper Hutt platoon D Company, No. 2 Regiment National Reserve, under Lieut' A. J. M'Curdy, and a large number of friends and relatives.
      Deceased is the first of some 200 men from Upper Hutt who have gone to the front who has been, buried at his own township. Three others lie at Gallipoli and two in France. - (Original source not given - NZWGT) Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 26 June 2020 - Military File and Further Note from WarGraves (New Zealand).
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About death

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  • Death
    31 March 1917 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    St John's Anglican Cemetery, Trentham, Upper Hutt, New Zealand AWMM
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26 June 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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