George Andrew Pelvin

GEORGE ANDREW PELVIN was b: 7 Apr 1891, Redcliff, Waimate to parents Charles and Jessie Pelvin. He attended the Taiwai School on 13 Apr 1896 and left after Std 5.

George enlisted WW1 on 17 Jan 1916 , his Rank as Private with the Machine Gun Battalion, No 13638 and gave his occupation as engine driver and religion as Presbyterian. His training was undertaken 17 Jan 1916 at Trentham and Featherston and embarked on the 27 May 1916 from Wellington for Devonport, England where he disembarked 26 July and after sling Camp, 29 September saw action with the Machine Gunners in France.

Private Pelvin was wounded on 16 June at Rouen, France, and on 17th June 1917 was transferred to hospital in Boulogne, France then to London where he was listed as "dangerously ill". On Monday 26 Nov. 1917 he died of heart failure following an operation at Walton-on-Thames Hospital. Src Military Personel Records. After his death, his medals were sent to his parents from England  and issued as follows: British War Medal on 9 November 1921; Victory Medal on 20 September 1922; Scroll on 24 June 1921 and Plaque on 15 Feb. 1922.

George Andrew Pelvin is buried at Brookside Cemetery which is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, in the London district - for many, the result of battle wounds.

In Memory of

13638, who died age 26
on Monday 26 November 1917.

Private PELVIN,
Son of Richard Charles and Jessie Pelvin,
of Glenavy, South Canterbury, New Zealand.

Remembered with honour