COLWYN COWAN GUILDFORD was the b: 10th Apr 1888 at Brunswick, Invercargill to parents  HENRY (HARRY) JOHN* GUILDFORD and mother JANE nee COWAN . Henry named their 3rd son after the Welsh seaside town Colwyn Bay,  on the North Wales coast.  Hemry's parents John and Ann Guilford spent time  in Wales and it was here his 2 older brothers, William and James were born.

The 6th child of 10 children ,Colwyn experienced little security and had an unhappy childhood as his mother struggled with lack of finace and found work as a boarding house keeper.

EDUCATION: School Records:  Name GUILDFORD Calwyn; School Woodlands;(18 km Nth/east of Invercargill)  Admission Date 1894; Parent / Guardian Frederick Westbury (Frederick Wm Westbury (1834-1917 d; Woodlands) was his sister Annie's father-in-law - she mar: his son Arthur Westbury in 1893 and they lived at Woodlands where Arthur worked at the  sawmill)

School Records: Name GUILDFORD Colin; School Aparima; Admission Date 1898; Parent / Guardian Guildford (this was likely older brother Harry Cowan Guildford who took up  100 acres bush reserve at Aparima in 1897) 

School Records: Name GUILDFORD Colwyn C; School Waianiwa; Admission Date 1899; Parent / Guardian H J Guildford

1911 - Invercargill Electoral Roll; Colwyn Guildford occupation labourerLiving with parents at Elles Rd; Enwood, Southland (Henry John Guildford was a carpenter and his mother Jane was a boarding house keeper)

in Jun 1911 Colwyn was living at Dunedin 1911. Published 1911 Poloce Gazette:

Evening Star; 10 Sep 1913: Robert Quinn and Calvyn Guildford were charged Sept 2 with the theft of a Bicycle the  properly of Henry Rideout it was valued at £5. At court, Mr Scur represented Quinn, and on his behalf entered a plea of not guilty. Guildford, represented by Mr Irwin pleaded guilty, Chief detective Herbert said that the two accused had been acquaintances for some time, and were together on the date of the alleged theft. Quinn waited while Guildford went away and returned with what he said was his bicycle. Quinn then took it to a second-hand dealer and sold it, giving a wrong name and address and returned with the money and handed it to Guildford. These undisputed were the facts however the police had thought it advisable to place both men before the Court.
Henry Rideout, a messenger at the Bank of New Zealand, stated his bicycle was at his place of employment, but found it missing between 4.30 and 5 o'clock.
Ernest Oscar Noes, secondhand dealer, gave evidence stating on September 2 Quinn came to his shop and sold the bicycle to him for 10s. and gave a false name and address.
Evidence was given by Detective Hammerby. Mr Scurr submitted that Quinn did not know the bicycle was stolen and  there was no case against him. and Mr Irwin contended that Guildford had committed the theft through drink. His Worship imposed a fine of £5, with costs in each case, and ordered the two accused to each refund an equal share of the 10s given by the dealer for the bicycle.
 Colwyn  Cowan Guildford mar: Annie (Lil) Walsh  abt 1913 however no record of the marriage date has been found.

Annie Walsh was b: 29 Oct 1880 in 28 Grange St, Dunedin to parents  James Patrick Walsh (b: 1842 in Templetoughy, Mayne, Tipperary, Ireland; d: 15 Sep 1916 aged 73Y; RIP; Bur: 17 Sep 1916 Andersons Bay Cemetery. Probate 1917 £1671) James was a Dunedin cab proprieter living at 22 Council St, St Kilda. He had mar: 08 Feb 1875 in St Josephs Cathedral, Dunedin to Annie's mother, Mary Doody (b: 1844 in Newcastle West, Limerick, Ireland; d: 07 Sep 1917 in Hampden, Otago). Annie was one of their 10 children and her death was due to Flu Epidemic on 25 Aug 1919 in Dunedin, Otago, aged 38Y; Burial: 25 Aug 1919 Southern Cemetery, Dunedin)

Colin Patrick James Guildford(b: 28 Aug 1914 in Dunedin, Otago ; d: 11 Mar 2010 in Dunedin, Otago; Bur: 22 Mar 2010 Alexandra ) he mar: 1937 to Tessa (Tess) May Cabrall (b: 28 May 1919: - her mother Mary Albina (Abbie) Cabral; (they Div 1973) d: 4 Jun 1991; aged 72Y; Cremated Karori Cemetery Crem; Karori Cem. Wgtn  Their children:

1. Colleen Therese Guildford (b: 07 Feb 1938 in Dunedin, Otago; d: 24 Mar 2010 in Otago) Married: 1957   to Bartholameus Van Der Ell (b: 26 Jun 1932 Holland; naturalised 29 Mar 1961; d: 2005 )

.... Their children: Anthony (Tony) Bartholamew Van Der Ell and  Nadine Louise Van Der Ell

.........Colleen, loved daughter of Colin and the late Tess Guildford, stepdaughter and friend of Joyce and families, sister of Elaine, ( Auntie of Christine, Michael, Katrina and Angela, special aunt of Jaonathon, Olivia, Jack, Cruz, James and Samuel, mother and mother-in-law to Tony and Vicki, Nadine and Terry, mama of Laurina, Kristi, Kurtis and Lydia.) Wife of Bart van-der-El. Died Sunday 24 after and illness. (Donations Cancer Society)
Aunty Col to Christine, Karen, Jason, Marcus and Abbey, sister os Abbey and Brett, Kaumatua of Araiteuru Marae Council, colleague of Cadbury World Team, cousin of Julie and John O'Neil, Leslie Wills, Patricia Stroud and their families, Topsy and Phil Wehi, daughter Ngahuia. Funeral service Feb 3, 1.39.

2. Allan James Guildford (b: 13 Sep 1941 in Dunedin, Otago Died: 02 Nov 2012) mar: 30 Apr 1964 to Denise Muir Dingwall .... Their children;  Michael Rex Guildford;  Christopher Allan Guildford;  Katrina Lee Guildford and  Angela Lee Guildford

3. Elaine Margaret Guildford  Mar:  to Raymond Basil Rapier .... Their children;  Abby Rapier;  Christine Anne Rapier;  Jason Rapier;  Karen May Rapier and  Markus Terry Rapier \

4. Brett Patrick James Guildford (b: Dunedin, Otago; Mar: 1980 to Wendy Ann Rackley (b: 27 Sep 1947; d: 03 Jan 2008 in Alexandra; Private cremation) .... Their children;  Linda May Guildford; Stephen Brett* Guildford; Mark John Colin Guildford

... *2nd Wife of Colin Patrick James Guildford: Maisie Joyce* Dawson

Kathleen Lillian Guildford (b: 07 Mar 1916 in Dunedin, Otago; d: 31 Jul 1919 in Dunedin, Otago; Bur: 01 Aug 1919 Southern Cemetery, Dunedin)

Aileen (Eileen) Guildford (b: 1917 in Dunedin, Otago (birth not registered); d: 9 Jun 1922 in Dunedin, Otago (her Death recorded on BDM Death Register as Eileen Guilford , 5 years); Bur: 12 Jun 1922 Southern Cemetery, Dunedin)

Category: Nominal Roll Vol 3; Colwyn Cowan Guildford: Regimental No. 35920; Rank Trooper; Next of kin: Mrs M (?)Guildford, mother living at 13 Glasgow St, Dunedin Sth; Roll 58, Page 1; Occ: labourerBody on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force

NEW ZEALAND Service: 219 days; Commenced duty 19/10/1916 age 38 6/12 yrs; height 5ft 8"; Complexion Medium; eyes blue; Hair brown; Occ. labourer; Unit - NZ Machine Gun Squad; Religion - C of E; Single; (no marriage date found) Address of mother - Mrs H J Guildford, 567 Cargill Rd, Sth Dunedin Admitted from Featherston to Dunedin hospital on Nov 10, 1916,  Discharged 14/11/1916

SEND-OFF AT DUNEDIN: Otago Witness: 25 Oct 1916; The Dunedin detachment of the 22nd  Reinforcements, along with the Invercargill and Milton groups, were given a civic farewell at their departure for the north yesterday. The Dunedin men paraded at the Kensington Drill Hall, where they were addressed by Colonel E. R. Smith V.D., Mrs J. K. Macfie, and Mrs A. G. Fenwick. The St. Kilda Band led the men from Kensington through the streets giving an opportunity for the general public to see the men and give them a fitting farewell and provided the music at the station. The crowd at the station was large, despite a cold wind, and on reaching tho enclosure the men got a rousing reception and were heartily cheered. After the singing of the National Anthem the Mayor (Mr J. J. Clark) delivered his farewell address. He said it was two years since the citizens had bidden farewell to the first lot of men who left Dunedin to carry the flag of New Zealand to the battle front. Little did they think as they saw the men marching through the streets that they would be present two years later to say good-bye to the Twenty-second Reinforcements. They did not then realise that hundreds of the bravest and best would be leaving to take their share in the battle for right and Empire. The call that rang out two years ago was still ringing through New Zealand. It was a call for men to go and stand shoulder to shoulder with the manhood of the Empire and our Allies in the struggle to crush the devilish Prussian militarism, to uphold our honour, to preserve our homes, and to maintain those ideals of liberty and justice which were our common and sacred cause. We were far from the scene of conflict, living in comfort and safety because of the navy, but none the less it was our battle as much as England's that was being fought. It was true that New Zealand had done her part nobly. All honour and glory to tho loyal and devoted men who had written deep in the annals of our nation the story of valour, of courage, and of heroic endurance. They were bidding good-bye to another band of courageous, strong-hearted sons of New Zealand, who were going to match the glory of their comrades. The people were confident that they would exhibit the same spirit of calm, unconscious heroism and inflexible resolution as the men of Anzac. We realised the great sacrifice they were making for us, and we gave them our grateful thanks and admiration. They were leaving their homes their means of livelihood, and their loved ones to stand by Britain in the hour of her bitter need. The Mayor dwelt on the high objects for which the Empire was fighting, and for which her volunteers went out to battle. All recognised that it was not a war with an honourable foe that had the justioe and patriotism of a truly civilised people; it was a war with mutilators of women, murderers of children, torturers of harmless non-combatants - Huns, vandals, and treaty-breakers. It was a fight to a finish, and the Hun would be brought to the dust and would learn that the "Day" he boasted of had come. Addressing the departing men, the Mayor said that wo left our honour in their hands, knowing that they would play the game and maintain the splendid prestige of the men of our land who had written their names on the roll of fame. Their devotion made those who had to stay at home resolve with grim determination to play their part and forget their own selfish interests, and to work whole-heartedly for the day when victory would come to our arms so that we could with honest hearts greet the men when they came back. He wished them God-speed. Major Colvin, of the Salvation Army, before offering prayer, delivered a short address, in the course of which he said that everyone felt too deeply for words to express what the manhood of the dominion were doing in offering themselves voluntarily for service and for sacrifice. Many people wished they had the vigorous manhood that would enable them to take their place among the fighters. The men would be exposed to dangers such as we could little comprehend. They would find themselves in surroundings and among scenes such as the world had never witnessed before. He wanted to say that there was a Providence that looked after every one qf us, that hedged us round and about with protections that wo little rocked of; and that God had a plan of life for every man standing there ready to go to the front, and in the providence of His will would protect, guard, and care for every man leaving his home for the fight. Might the Lord put His hand on every one of them, and bring them back safe to their homes and loved ones.

The men marched on to the station amidst enthusiastic cheering, and were soon on their way to enter the camps that have already received so many recruits and sent them forth with the training so necessary for the strenuous days that lie before them in the fields of Europe. Among the names of the men who left from the Dunedin group:  Colwyn Cowan Guildford.

Embarkation Unit: 23rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles; Embarkation 19 April 1917 from Wellington, New Zealand  on transport Moeraki then transfer at Port Sydney for Suez

Overseas 2 yrs 116 days; discharged 19/11/1919 - no longer physically fit on account of illness (Gastroenteritus ie Trench fever) Intended address 22 Council St, St Kilda, Dunedin Theatres of operation 1917 - 1919 Cairo Egypt - (much of the time at  Kantan, Cairo was unwell)

Return to NZ: Evening Star: Return from Egypt by the Ulimaroa - Due at Auckland 8 Aug1919: C C Guildford 35920 South Dunedin;  (WW1 Army Records online here)



Colwyn returned to Dunedin in time to bury his his wife and would learn his daughter Kathleen had died the previous month.


1921: Police Gazette: Maintenance was sought to support Colwyn's 2 children (Colin Patrick James Guildford  and Aileen Guildford). 


What happened to Colwyn ????

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