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George Alexander Dolphin

George Alexander Dolphin No.3/2054, 2nd NZ Field Ambulance, c1916. This photo was sent by George Dolphin to his brother, Frederick Horace Dolphin, No.3/2055, who was working as a chemist at the NZ Military Hospital at Hornchurch and Frederick received the card on 29 June 1916. - No known copyright restrictions

George Alexander Dolphin No.3/2054, 2nd NZ Field Ambulance, c1916. This photo was sent by George Dol …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Dolphin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2054 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 November 1893 AWMM PigrootOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Dolphin (mother), Palmerston South, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 April 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/2054 AWMM
  • Military service
    10th North Otago Regiment AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 16 December 1915 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Grocer/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 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      teeth artificial above, very defective below AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • George Alexander Dolphin, John Forrester (3/1018), Thomas William Parsons (3/1184) and William Roy Robson (3/1082) carried a stretcher case across no-mans-land under fire during the second phase of the 1916 Big Push on the Somme. This incident is described in the William Robson's diary in late September 1916, a copy of which is held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    28 March 1971 AWMM
    AshburtonCanterbury AWMM
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  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
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  • My grandfather George McLaren mentions seeing George Alexander Dolphin in his ww1 diary (D#2 - P17) ...

    "Saturday 5th August 1916 - went and had a hot bath in the afternoon. Saw Andy & Archie Craig in the evening, saw Jack Hall, saw Al Dolphin at baths".

    This would have been back in Armentieres as George was doing nightly trips to the front at this stage ... either working in or manning the front lines.

    George was from Goodwood near Parlmerston in Otago. As a lad, he worked for his father Alexander McLaren who had a carrying business (using bullocks) from Palmerston up to Central Otago via the Pigroot track (where Mr Dolphin was born) ... and the records show that his mother was his next of kin from Palmerston, so they knew each other from before the war.
    Public - Steven - Researcher - 9 July 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      28: 27 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


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