Thursday, 14 April 2016

Liam's Anzac Assignment

  George Herbert Lyford
                             NZ Rifle Brigade
Born:  He was born in Kaikoura on 29 September 1874  
Education: He moved on to a farm in the Otorohanga district. At his enlistment on 27 June 1916, when he put his age down to appear less than 40 years of age, George described himself as a farmer who had been employed by the Waitomo County Council.
Army Information:  Further training followed at Sling Camp on the Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, until 1 March 1917 when George was deployed to France via Étaples. On 4 October 1917, the New Zealand Division took part in the Third Battle of Ypres, and it was on the first day of that battle that Private George Lyford was killed in action in Belgium. He was 43 years old.

Liam M

1 comment:

  1. Hi Liam,
    So neat to see your Assignment online. I was searching Google for information on George Herbert Lyford. He was my great-great-uncle, and my Mum has his picture on her wall at her house in Pirongia. I grew up in Pirongia and went to Pirongia School (quite some time ago now!).
    I took a photo of the memorial cross in Otorohanga this morning with Mr Lyford's name on it - he is recorded on the Otorohanga memorial as well as in Pirongia. I understand that his name is also on the memorial register at Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. I am expecting to be in Belgium later in the year, and hope to visit. Thanks so much for choosing his for your assignment.
    Denise Styles, Otorohanga