46635 Private George Charles Lee Wilson
2nd Company,1st Battalion
New Zealand Canterbury Regiment
14th December 1917
Born on 01/05/1887 in Christchurch New Zealand.
His parents were Samuel Wilson(04/12/1854-14/04/1925) and Jane Bonnett(1859-05/08/1928). They were married on 05/03/1880.
George had a brother, Henry Samuel(1882-1956) and
2 sisters, Agnes lee(1883-1972) and Jane Lee(1885-05/07/1966).
The family lived at 249 Milton Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, New Zealand.
George was working as a Joiner for C.H.McCully before he enlisted in Christchurch on 25/01/1917.
The details of a medical performed on the same day are as follows;
Height - 5ft 4 3/4 inches, Weight - 121lbs
Chest - Minimum - 32 inches
Maximum - 34 1/2 inches
Complexion - Dark, Eyes - Grey, Hair - Dark.
On 07/02/1917, George was posted to C Company 25th Reinforcements.
His journey to the Western Front began on 26/04/1917 when he embarked aboard the Turakina from Wellington.
He arrived in England on 20/07/1917,disembarking at Devonport, Devon. George spent just under 3 months in England before leaving for France on 06/10/1917. 3 days later he was marched into camp at Etaples, France.
George joined C Company 1st Battalion NZ Canterbury Regiment in the field on 26/10/1917.
Whilst holding and improving the front line at the Judge Cross Roads Sector* on 14/12/1917**, George was killed.
He was awarded the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.
Before the war, George played one game of cricket for New Zealand during the 1913-1914 season against Australia.
* This was an area that crossed the Becelaere - Passchendaele Road.
** Information from Mike Dougan on www.everyoneremembered.org