Private

George Alexander Dempster

Conflict: 
WW1
Additional Information: 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Dempster, of 87, St. David St., Dunedin, New Zealand.

References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

George Dempster was employed in the finance department of the Dunedin City Council. Prior to the war he had been secretary/treasurer of the North End Rowing Club, Dunedin and was well known as a rowe... Read More
George Dempster was employed in the finance department of the Dunedin City Council. Prior to the war he had been secretary/treasurer of the North End Rowing Club, Dunedin and was well known as a rower. When he was called up he was given an engraved silver wrist watch by the employees of the DCC that is still in existence. The gift of engraved wrist watches may have been a local tradition as the husband of one of his sisters was given a similar watch when he was called up. George was the eldest of three brothers who served during WW1, Capt N H Dempster MC, NZMC and Private Bruce Dempster both of whom survived the war. George was one of 139 other rank casualties during the advance of the first Otago battalion on 8 August 1918 towards the village of Esnes. Family tradition has it that he was killed by shellfire.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
71101
Name:
George Alexander Dempster
Rank: 
Private
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
A. Dempster (father), 87 Saint David Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Occupation on Enlistment:
Clerk
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
NZEF, Otago Regiment, 1 Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Died of wounds
Date of Death:
08 October 1918
Day of Death:
Tuesday
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Place:
Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
16 May 1918
Transport:
HMNZT 104
Vessel:
Ionic
Destination:
London, England

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
IV. A. 19.
Cemetery Location: 
France
George Alexander Dempster
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