Topic: George Sissmore Lavie

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George Sissmore Lavie was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner.

George Sissmore Lavie was born in Ceylon in 1883. He was married to Elizabeth Jessie Gairdner in 1902 and they had two children, Philip Henry and Gwendoline. George had been a farmer in South Canterbury, where he had served in the South Canterbury Mounted Rifles but at the time of his enlistment he worked for the “Littleton Times” newspaper.

George was 32 years old when he enlisted on the 8th May 1915 at Trentham. He was a tall, active man, much involved in the life of the community. He was captain of the Sumner Branch of the Royal Life-Saving Society and a member of the Sumner Rowing Club.

George’s service number was 6/2895. He was first posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment in Egypt as part of the Suez Campaign against troops of the Ottoman Empire. He took part in machine-gun training. In early 1916, these troops were disbanded and most of the NZEF left for the Western Front to fight against the Germans, but George went further north in Egypt to Moascar, where the fight against the Ottomans continued. He was promoted to Lieutenant there on March 1916.

From Egypt, he re-joined his unit in France at Armentieres on the 18th of May 1916. He was killed in action on the 11th of June 1916 at Somme, and is buried in the Cite Bonjean Cemetery, Armentieres, France.

A memorial service was held for Lieutenant Lavie at All Saint’s Church, Sumner. In a letter to Mrs Lavie, Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart stated that

      “His loss will be felt very keenly by all of us. He was most popular with his men and the other officers; very well liked and very much respected.”


Related Resources:

Online Cenotaph record for George Lavie Auckland War Memorial Museum

http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/search?n=george+sissmore+lavie

 

FOR KING AND EMPIRE.SUN, VOLUME III, ISSUE 735, 19 JUNE 1916

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/SUNCH19160619.2.44?end_date=31-12-1920&query=george+sissmore+lavie&start_date=01-01-1883

 

MARRIAGES.OTAGO WITNESS, ISSUE 2524, 30 JULY 1902

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/OW19020730.2.102?end_date=31-12-1920&query=george+sissmore+lavie&start_date=01-01-1883



 

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George Sissmore Lavie


First Names:George
Last Name:Lavie
Place of Birth:Ceylon