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George Judge (Service no. 6/3057) was a First World War soldier with links to the Waltham area.

George JudgeGeorge Edward Judge, born on the 11 March 1889, was the son of William Amos and Isabella Judge.

He had been a labourer at the Woolston Tannery before enlisting on June 14th 1915. He sailed to Suez where he joined the Second Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and embarked for France on April 8th, 1916 on the S.S. Ascania. He was wounded in the face on June 11th 1916, very soon after his arrival and recieved gunshot wounds on October 1st 1916. After recovering in a convelescent camp, he rejoined his unit on October 16th 1916.

He was appointed Lance Corporal on December 9th 1916 but was deprived of his stripe and demoted back to to Private on February 14th 1917 for failing to comply with the order of an officer. He was killed in action on August 6th, 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres (also known as the Battle of Passchendaele) and is commemorated on the Messines Ridge (New Zealand) memorial in the Messines Ridge Cemetary in Belgium.

George Judge was unmarried and a will signed on June 28th, 1917, named his father, Mr William Amos Judge, of 113 Wilsons Road, Sydenham, as sole legatee.

He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, a campaign medal awarded to all officers and men who fought in World War 1 during 1914-15.

Two of George's brothers, Edwin and Frederick, also served but returned home.

George is remembered on the Waltham War Memorial Gates.


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George Judge

First Names:George Edward
Last Name:Judge
Place of Birth:Christchurch