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Gascoigne Cecil Greenwood (Service no. 13/1034) was a First World War soldier with links to New Brighton.

Gascoigne Cecil Greenwood Gascoigne (Gascoyne) Cecil Greenwood was born in Clapham, England on 1 May 1887. He was the eldest of Cecil Danforth Greenwood (surgeon) and Annie Beatrice Greenwood’s (nee Jenkinson) five children. He had two brothers, Eric and Roy, and two sisters, Beatrice and Irene.

When Gascoigne was seven the family moved to New Zealand, where his father Cecil had been born. Shipping records show them as arriving aboard the Ruahine in September 1894 and a passenger list from the Auckland Star shows the family were due to disembark at Lyttelton. The family originally settled in Ashburton where Gascoigne’s father set up a medical practice. He attended Miss Barratt’s School in Ashburton where he was recorded as receiving prizes for perseverance in 1895 and diligence in 1896.

After his mother, Annie Beatrice, passed away in 1896 his father sold his practice and the family moved to Christchurch. He was schooled at New Brighton School and Christ’s College. The Electoral rolls for 1900 show the Greenwood family residing on New Brighton Road. His father, Cecil, had set up his practice here and was also elected as a councillor for the New Brighton borough. By this time Cecil had also remarried, wedding Lottie Annie, the daughter of Alexander Bickerton, in 1898. In 1904 Cecil and Lottie Annie opened the ‘Avon Pine’ sanatorium on land at Wainoni and Cecil was also the doctor for the nearby Nurse Maude’s sanatorium.

When Gascoigne enlisted he was 27 years old, unmarried, living in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty and working as a sheep farmer for R.W. Kemp. His enlistment papers describe him as 5 foot, 5 inches tall with hazel eyes and dark hair. He served in the Auckland Mounted Rifles, 5th Reinforcements, as a Trooper and left New Zealand on 13th June 1915 bound for Suez, Egypt.

His military records note that he was wounded in the stomach at Gallipoli on 16th December 1915 and this was reported in the local press at the time. Later the records were updated to reflect that it was believed he had died of his wounds on or about the 2nd December 1915. Confirmation of his death had already been received by his relatives in a letter from his brother Roy in which he told them “When you hear of Gascoigne’s death keep a stiff upper lip and remember that he and I too are proud to lay down our lives for you all and for our country”.

Gascoigne’s name is recorded on the memorial at Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal. He, and his brother Eric Percy, are listed on the Roll of Honour for  New Brighton School.


Related Resources:


  • Passengers for New Zealand. Auckland Star, Volume XXV, Issue 229, 25 September 1894, Page 4
  • Miss Barrat's School, Ashburton. The Press, Volume LII, Issue 9296, 23 December 1895, Page 3
  • The late Mrs Greenwood. The Press, Volume LIII, Issue 9591, 4 December 1896, Page 4
  • Business notices. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XVII, Issue 4108, 3 February 1897, Page 1
  • Personal. Colonist, Volume LVII, Issue 14127, 16 March 1916, Page 4
  • Baker, Timothy David (2007) Aranui & Wainoni History, Christchurch, New Zealand : T.D. Baker, pp.48-49

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Gascoigne Cecil Greenwood

First Names:Gascoigne Cecil
Last Name:Greenwood
Place of Birth:Clapham, England