Topic: Gerard Edwin Chater Mayfield (1904-1944)

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Tauranga man Gerard Edwin Chater Mayfield died from his wounds in 1944. The Mayfield house was later shifted from Bethlehem to Tauranga Boys' College to be used as a sports pavilion and tuition centre.

Gerard Edwin Chater Mayfield (1904-1944)Gerard Edwin Chater Mayfield was born in England on 1 June 1904. His parents were Edwin and Margaret Susan Mayfield who married on 19 June 1895 at St Matthew, Bayswater, Middlesex in England.

The family departed from London, England on 10 December 1908, arriving in Wellington, New Zealand.

Gerard went to Tauranga District High School.

He was a self-employed orchadist in Bethlehem. He married Claire Rishton Mason in 1929 (reg. 1929/187). They had one daughter.

Gerard was posted to Egypt and Italy where he was wounded on 25 April 1944. He died from his wounds on 29 July 1944.

The Mayfield house was shifted from Bethlehem to Tauranga Boys' College to be used as a sports pavilion and tuition centre. 

Gerard is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

Claire died in 1979 (reg. 1979/26811).

Memorial Grove (Tauranga)

  

Sources:

Ancestry.com

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand)

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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Gerard Edwin Chater Mayfield (1904-1944)


Year:1944
Note:Service Number: 23845
First Names:Gerard Edwin Chater
Last Name:Mayfield
Date of Birth:1 June 1904
Country of birth:England
Date of death:29 July 1944
Place of death:Italy
Place of burial:Florence War Cemetery, Italy
Occupation:Orchardist
Date of sailing:10 December 1908
Sailed from:London, England
Spouses name:Claire Rishton Mason
Spouses date of birth:14 March 1897
Spouses date of death:1979
Date of marriage:1929
Fathers name:Edwin Mayfield
Fathers date of birth:c1871
Fathers place of birth:Brantingham, Yorkshire
Fathers date of death:England
Mothers name:Margaret Susan Mayfield
Mothers date of birth:c1869
Mothers place of birth:Southolt, Middlesex
Mothers date of death:England
Name of sibilings:Margaret Joan Mayfield (1898-?), Carlyon Athelstan Chater Mayfield (1902-1995), Susan Jocelyn Mayfield (1904-?), Alleyne Guy K Mayfield (1907-?), and Miles Godfrey Mayfield (1909-1994)
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)