Topic: George Charles William Davies (1895-1924)

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George Charles William Davies was working at Alex Findlay's garage in Tauranga when he joined up for World War I.

George Charles William Davies was born in Waitara on 1 July 1895 (reg. 1917/15154). His parents were George Lemuel Wasley and Florence Beatrice Davies (nee Tucker).

He worked as a Motor Mechanic for Finday's Garage in Tauranga before moving to Napier.

George enlised in World War I on 8 January 1915. He embarked from Wellington on 17 April 1915 with the Otago Infantry Battalion (4th Reinforcements) for Suez, Egypt. His Military Personnel File states that he was born on 1 July 1894. The minimum age for enlistment at the time was 20 and George was only 19 so most likely added the extra year to his age.

On 17 September 1915 the Bay of Plenty Times published the following letter written home by George:

Mr W Davis, No. 8/2331, 8th Otago Regiment, writes, to the editor from Valetta Hospital Malta, on July 28th as follows: - I should be thankful to you if you could spare me sufficient space in your widely circulated paper to express on my own behalf, and that of my wounded comrades, to the people of Tauranga, the kind way we are being treated by the inhabitants of Malta who have so kindly entertained us on numerous occasions. They have always welcomed us most heartly and are ever ready to show us round their beautiful gardens and surroundings, besides presenting us with gifts which we greatly treasure I may mention here that little is heard by the New Zealand people of the good work which is being done by these angel sisters on behalf of the wounded, no matter what denomination. They are so awfully kind. – God bless these brave and benevolent sisters – in their mission of mercy and well doing. Their kindness to the Tauranga wounded will be one of the happiest recollections of our stay in Malta. I may also state that although we are fighting in the Dardanelles under great odds, by the eyewitness, Tauranga boys are always seen in the thick of doing their utmost to keep up New Zealand’s reputation, and saving the Empire from a terrible downfall.

On 9 June 1917 George was wounded in action. On 6 April 1918 he embarked for New Zealand aboard the Marama.

George died as a result of being gassed during the war. He was discharged on 6 August 1918 due to being 'No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service'.

He died in Tauranga, aged 28, on 11 May 1924 (reg. 1924/1041). His obituary appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on 12 May 1924:

OBITUARY. MR GEORGE CHARLES WILLIAM DAVIES. We regret to chronicle the death of Mr George William Davies which took place yesterday. Deceased, who was twenty-seven year of age, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs George Davies of Cameron Road, Tauranga, and was born in Waitara, Taranaki. He left New Zealand with the Fourth Reinforcements, having enlisted at Napier, when he was then residing. He served in the Gallipoli campaign and later in France, his total service being three and a half years. He was wounded and also gassed. He returned to New Zealand by the Marama on May 18, 1918. Shortly afterward bad health developed and this was due to gassing. Despite special treatment his health grew worse. Yesterday he went to Oropi on a motoring trip. When returning he was seized with haemorrhage of the lungs and expired in a few minutes. Deceased is survived by a widow and two young children for whom the greatest sympathy will be felt in their irreparable loss. The deceased will be accorded a military funder. Returned soldiers are invited to attend the funeral, which will leave the hospital tomorrow at 2.30 p.m. and the territorials under Lieut Browning, will form the forming party, mustering in the vicinity of the hospital at 2 p.m. The Band will also take part, and members are requested to make every effort to attend (p. 4).

He was buried in Tauranga on 15 May 1924.



Bay of Plenty Times (12 May 1924, p. 4)

Cenotaph Database

Military personnel file

Papers Past Bay of Plenty Times (16 February 1914, p. 8) - reference to Findlay's Garage

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George Charles William Davies (1895-1924)

Note:Service Number: 8/2331
First Names:George Charles William
Last Name:Davies
Date of Birth:1 July 1895
Place of Birth:Waitara
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:11 May 1924
Place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Place of burial:Tauranga, New Zealand
Occupation:Motor Mechanic
Spouses name:Edith Grace Wallace
Spouses date of birth:1 October 1898
Spouses place of birth:Hawera, New Zealand
Spouses date of death:30 August 1925
Spouses place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Date of marriage:1919
Fathers name:George Lemuel Wasley Davies
Fathers date of birth:24 May 1867
Fathers place of birth:Upton, St Leonards
Fathers date of death:3 June 1930
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Florence Beatrice Tucker
Mothers date of birth:1876
Mothers place of birth:Te Aute, Waipawe, New Zealand
Mothers date of death:30 March 1944
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)