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Sergeant John MacDonald – 7/927

John was born on 16 November 1891 in Rosshire, Scotland, son of Eden and Christina MacDonald. Before enlisting he was a labourer for J. E. Conway at Kirwee. He had outstanding previous experience having served with the Lovat Scouts. The Lovat Scouts were a British Army unit (precursor of the SAS) formed by Lord Lovat during the Second Boer War as a Scottish Highland yeomanry regiment. They have the distinction of being the first military unit to wear a Ghillie or

Sergeant Arthur George Compton – 6/871Compton, A G 

Arthur was born 27th March 1893, fourth son of Edward Green and Katherine E. Compton, of Newton Burgoland, Leicester, England. He was educated at Heather High School, Leicestershire and after a course at the Midland Agricultural College emigrated to New Zealand. His joined his uncle Mr Frederick William Compton, of Annat, as a farm hand. He was 5 ft 6 ½ inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown

Trooper Frank Goodrick – 7/959 

Frank was born 24 April 1881, eldest son of Henry and Mary Goodrick, York. He and a younger brother Harry, had emigrated to New Zealand 10 years earlier, presumably through contact with his maternal uncle Mr J. Magson of Rakaia. He had been working on farms in the Canterbury area and at the time of enlisting he was working as a ploughman for Mr Souter, Greendale. He was 5ft 9 ¼ inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and sandy

A woman who signed the Women's Suffrage Petition in 1893

GOULDEN-On June 28, 1942, killed in action somewhere in the Middle East, Driver Hector Stewart, second son of Isabella and the late George J. Goulden, of Southbridge, aged 32. He gave his life for his country.

A message was received on Tuesday evening- by Mr.s G. J. Goulden, of Southbridge, that her second son, Driver Hector Stewart. Goulden, had been killed in action during the fighting in the Middle East on June 28, when the New Zealanders made ttieir heroic attempt to stem the Axis advance. The news has since been received with very

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