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Full Name: George Cotton Smith
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): George Cotton
Surname: Smith
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 8/2474
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Next of Kin: O.G. Smith (father), William Street, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: William Street, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Military District: Wellington
Body on Embarkation: 5th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Otago Infantry Battalion
Embarkation Date: 13 June 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 24
Vessel: Maunganui
Destination: Suez, Egypt (24 July - 6 August 1915)
Page on Nominal Roll: 673
Campaigns:
  • Gallipoli
  • Western Front
Last Unit Served: Otago Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
Place of Death: Ypres, Belgium
Date of Death: 3 December 1917
Age at Death: 24
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Buttes New British Cemetery (NZ) Memorial, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Biographical Notes: George Smith was the son of Ormond and Margaret Smith, of Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Also served at Gallipoli.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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