Topic: George Vincent Chidgey
George Vincent Chidgey (Service no. 2/1913) was a First World War soldier with links to Marshland.
George was working as a farm labourer prior to joining up. He volunteered for the war and was assigned to the New Zealand Field Artillery brigade as a driver, embarking for overseas from Wellington on board the Maunganui on 13 June 1915.
In his military personnel file, George was described as being 5ft 8in tall, weighing 153lbs, of dark complexion, with blue eyes, and dark brown hair.
While fighting with the 6th (Howitzer) Battery, 2nd Brigade, New Zealand Field Artillery, George was wounded in action at the Battle of the Somme.
George died on his way to hospital on the 12th of September 1916. He was 23 years old.
He was buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery (Plot 11. Row G, and Grave No 5), Mametz, Somme, France.
His mother, who was his next of kin, received his medals: 1914 -15 British War Medal, and the Victory medal.
George is remembered, along with other soldiers from the area, on the Marshland War Memorial Gates.
- George Chidgey's military personnel file. Archives New Zealand (Archway)
- Online Cenotaph record for George Chidgey. Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Casualty record. New Zealand War Graves Project