Topic: Harold Gordon Garmonsway (1889-1918)

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Harold Gordon Garmonsway was killed during World War I, on 27 March 1918 at the Battle of Somme. He was my second great uncle - Debbie McCauley.

Harold Gordon Garmonsway (1889-1918)Harold Gordon Garmonsway was born on 18 January 1889 (reg. 1889/17525). His parents were Thomas and Albertina Garmonsway (nee Meyer) who married in St John's Church, Te Awamutu, on 14 August 1880 (reg. 1880/1949).

Harold worked as a horse trainer. On 26 January 1914 the Waikato Times reported that Harold had failed to provide financial support to his mother, Albertina:

An Unnatural Son, FAILED TO SUPPORT HIS MOTHER. Harold Gordon Garmonsway was proceeded against at the Hamilton S. M. Court today for failing to comply with an order for the maintenance of his mother. The amount due on December 8 last was £3 5s. Defendant was sentenced to one month's imprisonment, the sentence to be cancelled if the arrears are paid (p. 4).

It is doubtful that Harold was actually sent to prison!

Harold embarked with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (29th Reinforcements E Company) on 13 August 1917 from Wellington aboard the Mokoia. Their destination was Glasgow in Scotland (Service No: 56589).

Harold was aged 29 when he killed during World War I at the Battle of the Somme, on 27 March 1918 (reg. 1918/28052) near Pas de Calais, France. At the time he was serving with the Auckland Infantry Regiment (2nd Batallion).

He is remembered on the Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial.

 

References:

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand).

Waikato Times (26 January 1914, p. 4).

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Harold Gordon Garmonsway (1889-1918)


Year:1918
Note:Service Number: 56589
First Names:Harold Gordon
Last Name:Garmonsway
Date of Birth:18 January 1889
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:27 March 1918
Place of death:Somme, France
Place of burial:Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial
Occupation:Horse Trainer
Fathers name:Thomas Garmonsway
Fathers date of birth:12 June 1843
Fathers place of birth:Stockport Barricks, Lancashire, England
Fathers date of death:23 June 1918
Fathers place of death:Paterangi, Te Awamutu
Mothers name:Albertina Meyer
Mothers date of birth:9 October 1863
Mothers place of birth:Germany
Mothers date of death:10 March 1940
Mothers place of death:Leamington, Cambridge
Name of sibilings:Charles Vincent Garmonsway, Alwina Clarice Hazel Garmonsway, Alice Albertina Garmonsway, Frederick Trevor Garmonsway, Roy Leslie Garmonsway, Eva Hilda May Garmonsway, Thomas Albert Garmonsway, Jane Garmonsway, Edward Watt Garmonsway, William Henry Garmonsway, Kenneth Lionel Keith Garmonsway, and Frederick Charles Garmonsway
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)