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George Craig

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel George Craig, Archives New Zealand, AABK 18805 W5530 111 / 0029527. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    George AWMM
  • Surname
    Craig AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African 861 AWMM
    • WWI 12/360 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 February 1871 AWMM EdinburghScotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM Moresby Avenue, Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
    • Marton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • J Craig (father), Eastfield, Scotland AWMM
    • Mrs H.J. Craig (wife), Rata Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs H.J. Craig (wife), Rata Street, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 5 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • South Africa AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African 861 AWMM
    • WWI 12/360 AWMM
  • Military service
    Auckland Regiment AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      12 stone AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded 8 May 1915 at Gallipoli AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Stroke AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • March 1897 he and brother William worked as surgeons on a ship in the Pacific Islands and then became medical officers in the Cook Islands. George was elected to the Cook Islands parliament in 1898 as member for Atiu and Mitiaro.

    Early in 1900 volunteered for the Rough Riders, serving as a trooper with 3 NZ Contingent, 6 Company, and on 14 February transferred to the Medical Corps as a Surgeon Captain. Returned to the Cook Islands in 1901 but came to New Zealand shortly after.

    Married Hilda Johnstone Gudgeon

    After being wounded at Gallipoli in 1915, Craig returned to New Zealand, where he was transferred to the NZ Medical Corps. He was sent to Europe where he served as Commanding Officer (CO) of 1 NZ Field Ambulance from 23 October 1917 until the end of the war.

    Dr George Craig. Roderick Hammond unpublished biographical essay on file AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 June 1947 AWMM
    Age 79 AWMM
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  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
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  • Proud of yours and your brother William Bannerman Craig's contribution and distinguished service on both Gallipoli and the Western Front. William, also a medical doctor, was attached to the Australian Army's 22 Battalion, and was also awarded the DSO - Grahame Craig (Grandson)
    Public - Grahame David - Other Relative - 24 April 2015
  • 'Courage has many resting places' ... Great Granddad, we will remember you.
    Public - Ryan Wayth - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 158 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      45: 21 AWMM


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27 October 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher
24 April 2015Grahame DavidHamilton NZOther Relative
24 April 2015Ryan Wayth Auckland, New Zealand Other Relative
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