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Alfred George Gordon & Mabel Barnard

ALFRED GEORGE* GORDON BARNARD was b: 7 Apr 1888 in Wellington to parents George and Lucy Barnard; WW1 41082 Army 1914 - 1919, Cpl; Rifle Brigade) He d: 10 Feb 1962 Public Hosp.  Wellington, Age 73Y. Crem. 13 Feb 1962 Karori Cem. Plot No: 37 DIV I1

He mar: 23 Jun 1920 in St Peters Church, Wellington MABEL HARVEY , daughter of JOHN R HARVEY; b: 29 Jul 1888 in Birmingham, England, and d: 20 Sep 1979 in Upper Hutt. She was bur: 24 Sep 1979, Akatawera Cemetery, Upper Hutt Monumental 3 Plot 184

Time Line:

1913 - Alfred was apprentice to a Manufacturing Jeweller, Karangahape Rd, Auckland for 7 yrs

1914 - Was turned down for the Army for health reasons

1915/1916 - Enlisted under the name George Gordon, an Orchard Hand at Roxburgh, and Army records have recorded his Father as "George Gordon", notifications to "George Barnett, Evening Post (relationship - friend)!" in other places as Mr George Barnard (stepfather) 37 Brighton St, Island Bay, Wgtn; and his mother as Lucy "Gordon". Eventually his subdefuge was discovered - he had to present his birth cert and make a written declaration and Army Records state "Enlisted under an assumed name".

He served in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade in France and was badly gassed twice. He met Mabel on sick leave in Llandudnon in Wales and was on the Hospital ship returning to New Zealand when the Armistice was signed.Armistice Day is celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the signing between the  Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

Mabel came to New Zealand in 1920 and their marriage took place at St Peter's Church, Wellington. They moved to Nelson where Mary was born

1922 - Nelson electoral roll; living at Tasman, orchardist

1931 - Wgtn East electoral roll; living at 63 Para St, jeweller with wife Mabel

1931 Wellington South electoral roll; living at 137 Wallace St, married WEDDING HARVEY—STONE. The wedding was solemnised recently at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul of Marjorie Irene, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Stone, of Wellington, to Lieutenant Edwin Armstrong Harvey, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John R. Harvey, of Birmingham. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Canon D. J. Davies, assisted by the Rev. W. H. Walton. The bride, who was escorted by her father, wore a simply-cut trained gown of ivory brocaded satin. Her veil was "held in place by a coronet of orangeblossom and she carried a shower bouquet of cream roses, orange-blossom, and maidenhair fern. She was attended by her sisters, Valmai and Stancie, and Miss Mary Barnard, who were similarly dressed in tailored jackets of figured satin over full georgette skirts, the chief bridesmaid being in periwinkle blue and the other maids in shell pink. They' carried bouquets of I pink carnations and blue delphiniums land matching sprays were worn in their hair. The bridegroom was attended by Mr. R. G. Conner as best man and the ushers were Lieutenant B. Conway and Mr. George Ridley. Mr. Stanley Ridley sang during the signing of the register and afterwards at the reception, which was held at the Hotel Waterloo, where the guests were received by the parents of the bride and Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Barnard (Mabel sister of the bridegroom).

1938 - Wgtn West electoral roll; George living at 40 Bruce Av, jeweller with wife Mabel

1943 - Wgtn West electoral roll; George living at 40 Bruce Av, jeweller with wife Mabel and dau Mary, spinster

1954 - Otaki electorate; living at Moana Rd, Plimmerton; jeweller with wife Mabel and dau. Mary, spinster

1955 - Living at Plimmerton

1960 - Heretaunga electorate; living at 28 Gloucester St, Silverstream; Jeweller with wife Mabel and dau Mary

Notes for Mabel:

1963 Heretaunga electorate; living at 28 Gloucester St, Silverstream, widow with daughter Mary

1975 Heretaunga electorate; living at 1 Clyma St; widow with daughter Mary superannuent

Newspaper Report: Mabel Barnard died 1 Clyma St, Upper Hutt Sept 20, 1979, loved wife of the late George and cherished Mum of Mary. Age 91 Ys. Interment Akatarawa Cemetery 24 Sept 1979

Daughter of ALFRED BARNARD and MABEL HARVEY is:

MARY EILEEN BARNARD, b. Nelson. Occ: Broadcasting TV and Radio, Wgtn

1919 - Electoral roll Wgtn East

1960 - Heretaunga electorate; living with parents Alfred at 28 Gloucester St, Silverstream; public servant

1963 - Heretaunga Electoral roll; Living with mother at 28 Gloucester St, Silverstream, spinster

1981 - Heretaunga Electorate; 1 Clyma Road; Superannuant

Memories 1905:

We visited Gran (Lucy) often and my father did many odd jobs for her. She lived with her daughter Hazel at Island Bay until her death. She died 1940 in Wellington Hospital - we visited her there several times.

Mum, Dad and I were at my grandmother's funeral service and at the cemetery, I was puzzled to see that apart from the names on the headstone was an EDWARD. I came to the conclusion that Emma must have died in childbirth having the baby and that he was still born and I think the baby was buried with his mother. At that time I did not see any reference to an unknown burial in 1923 except my Grandfather's name and Emma's. I was disgusted in later years that part of the cemetery was bulldozed to make way for a big highway.

My dad referred often to his Uncle Henry who married Helena Marian Brown. The name Brown was a puzzle as we always thought Aunt Lena's maiden name was Rosenburg. She was a lovely old lady. She had lived alone at Island Bay until, when, in her 90's, she broke her leg and was sent to Silverstream. Aunt Lena was determined to make 100 and she did. There was a party for her in the Hospital, photos in the paper etc - a very happy occasion. She was very deaf and loved me to comb her hair. Her grave is on the other side of Bolton St Cemetery and I don't think it was destroyed when the road went through.

Mary Barnard

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