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Geoffrey Arthur Ilbert

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Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, Panel 1, bronze plaque, names Hardie - Lynch (Photo P. Baker 2008) - No known copyright restrictions

Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, Panel 1, bronze plaque, names Hardie - Lynch (Photo P. Baker 2 …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Geoffrey Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Ilbert AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 10/1266 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 June 1883 AWMM TonbridgeKent AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 13 November 1914 AWMM Pilling's Boardinghouse, Upper Hutt, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    P.E. Ilbert (brother), Te Aroha, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 December 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      165 pounds AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      34 inches (min), 37 inches (max) AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      Scar below and to left of [?] AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Illness (influenza): Admitted to 3 New Zealand Field Ambulance on 3 December 1916, France. Discharged to Reinforcements on 19 December 1916. AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Geoffrey Ilbert was the son of Owen and Mary Elizabeth Ilbert (née Elder).

    Brother of Mr Peregrine Edward and his wife Ida Mildred Ilbert (née Wilson), of 4 Church Street, Devonport, Auckland, and Owen Lewis and Rose Dorothy Ilbert.

    He married Matekino [also spelled Mate Kino] Ariari on 20 November 1911, at Auckland [This union appears to have been short-lived as Matekino remarried in 1915 to Daniel Brown].

    At the time of enlistment he was working as a labourer for Mr J. Smith, a contractor, of Takapau, Hawke's Bay.

    The following is Geoffrey Ilbert's wartime service history taken from his service record:

    Initially attached to Wellington Infantry Regiment, with the rank of Private, on 13 November 1914.

    Transferred to No. 2 Company, Divisional Train, NZ Army Service Corps (NZASC), with the rank of Driver, on 25 March 1915, Egypt.

    Rejoined unit [not specified] from Zeitoun, Egypt, with the rank of Driver, on 10 August 1915.

    Transferred from NZ Army Service Corps to NZ Veterinary Corps (NZVC), with the rank of Driver, on 29 October 1915, Alexandria, Egypt.

    Transferred from NZ Veterinary Corps to 1 Training Battalion, with the rank of Driver, on 24 April 1916, Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt.

    Embarked on HMT 'Caledonia' for France on 10 May 1916, at Alexandria, Egypt.

    Joined 1 Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, with the rank of Private, on 11 July 1916, in the Field, France.

    Admitted to 3 New Zealand Field Ambulance (influenza), on 3 December 1916, in the Field, France.

    Discharged to Reinforcements on 19 December 1916, in the Field, France.

    Rejoined 1 Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment, on 19 July 1916, in the Field, France.

    Killed in action on 28 February 1917, in the Field, Belgium.

    Geoffrey Ilbert's father, who died on 12 December 1896, was Chief Classical and English Master at Auckland Grammar School. A transcribed copy of his obituary reads as follows:

    "We announce with regret the death of Mr. Owen Ilbert, M.A., Chief Classical and English Master of the Auckland College and Grammar School, which took place at his residence, Grafton Road, at 10.30 p.m. on [?] 12. Mr. Ilbert has been in failing health for some time, and twice during the present year had been granted leave of absence by the Board of Governors, and took two trips to the Islands, which to some extent restored him, and he was able to continue his work till a fortnight ago, when he broke down again and gradually sank, passing away peacefully on Saturday night. He was the third son of the late Rev. P. A. Ilbert, Rector of Thurlstone, Devonshire, and was educated at Marlborough College under Dr. Bradley, the present Dean of Westminster. On leaving school in 1865, he was elected to a classical scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from which he graduated B.A. in 1870, after taking first-class classical honours in moderations and a second-class in the Final School of Literae Humaniores. He took his M.A. degree in 1872. After holding assistant masterships at Wellington College, Clifton College, Christ's Hospital, and Tunbridge School, he was appointed headmaster of Crediton School in Devonshire in 1884, and held that office till 1992, when delicate health compelled him to leave England. He came to Auckland at the time when Mr. Bourne was leaving for Christ's College, and the Grammar School Governors, because of his high scholarship and wide scholastic experience, appointed him to the chief classical mastership of the Grammar School. In Mr. Ilbert's death the school has lost a master of exceptional talent and of the highest character. He leaves a daughter and three sons, two of whom hold scholarships at the Grammar School. The funeral took place on Monday, the 14th of December at Waikomiti [sic] cemetery. The chief mourners were the deceased's two sons and daughter, Miss Townshend and Miss Masters. Sir Maurice O'Rorke (chairman of the Board of Governors), Professors Brown, Seager, and Egerton, Messrs, Tibbs (head master of the Auckland College and Grammar School), A. T. Harrison, Sloman, J. King Davis, Marshall, Turner, and other members of the staff were present; also Judges Seth-Smith and F. D. Fenton, Dr. King, Rev. D. Runciman (Registrar of the University), Mr. Winston, and others. The Rev. W. Beatty read the burial service at the grave." (Auckland Weekly News, 19 December 1896, p. 21)

    The Memorial Plaque (Thurlestone Church, near Kingsbridge, South Devon, England) is inscribed: "In Memory of Geoffrey Arthur Ilbert PRIVATE (acting stretcher bearer) 1st Auckland Infantry Batt (New Zealand) youngest son of Owen Ilbert, grandson of the Rev. P.A. Ilbert who gave his life for his fellow men 28th February 1917 and is buried at PLOEGSTEERT in Flanders aged 33." AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    28 February 1917 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    London Rifle Brigade Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium AWMM II.E.28. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: “Private Geoffrey Arthur Ilbert, killed in action in France on February 28, was an Auckland Grammar School boy, and the youngest son of the late Mr. Owen Ilbert, classical master of the school. He left New Zealand in January, 1915, and was attached to the Wellington Infantry Battalion. After a few months' service in Egypt he was transferred to the Army Service Corps. Afterwards he was transferred to the New Zealand Veterinary Corps, and remained with that unit till it was disbanded. At the time of his death he was acting as battalion stretcher-bearer in the Auckland Infantry. He was 33 years of age.” (Auckland Weekly News, 29 March 1917, p. 48). AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial plaque, Thurlestone Church, near Kingsbridge, South Devon, England AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Connolly, A., & Stanes, P. Rememberance: Auckland Grammar School Great War Roll of Honour. Vols 1 & 2. Auckland: Petand Prodctions. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 356 AWMM
    • Auckland Star AWMM
      Campion, Sarah, Scenes from Auckland's Colonial Days: Life Proved Pretty Good, After All, Auckland Star, 30 March 1963. [article based on the diaries of Geoffrey Ilbert's sister Rose] AWMM
    • Auckland Star AWMM
      Campion, Sarah, More Scenes from Colonial Days: University student life in Nineties, Auckland Star, 6 April 1963. [article based on the diaries of Geoffrey Ilbert's sister Rose] AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Obituary: Auckland Weekly News, 29 March 1917, p. 48. AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      vol.3, no.2, p.15 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM

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