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3/1895 Private George Paice aka George Pearce – New Zealand Medical Corp

George Paice was born in Auckland on the 25th February 1890 second son in a family of six, four sons and two daughters born to Ellen and William Paice.[i]

In 1915 George was working as a medical attendant at Porirua Hospital and enlisted along with Arthur Daily for service
with the New Zealand Medical Corp.

George enlisted as George Pearce it is possible that he had tried to enlist earlier and not been accepted. At the start of
the war up to 50% of recruits were rejected often because of their teeth.

George Pearce entered camp on the 25th April 1915 as 3/1895 Private George Pearce remaining in New Zealand until
6th January 1916 when he left as part of the 9th Reinforcements, New Zealand Medical Corp (NZMC) The 9th Reinforcements sailed on His Majesties’ New Zealand Transport (HMNZT) Maunganui.[ii] Also sailing in convoy with
HMNZT Maunganui was HMNZT Tahiti. The Tahiti  had arrived in Wellington in September 1915 with some of the first wounded and sick from the Gallipoli campaign.



HMNZT Tahiti - Wellington Harbour Sept 1915


3/1895 Private Pearce returned to New Zealand in
March 1916 on the HMNZT Tahiti. It is likely that
Private Pearce was required to nurse some of the
mental ill passengers who were being returned to
New Zealand.

3/1895 Private Pearce was then employed within New Zealand being posted as an orderly at the Rotorua Hospital. It was while Private Pearce was working at Rotorua that he declared, on 11th August 1917 his true name. The declaration was
due to George marrying on the 25th July 1917 Emily Elizabeth Buchanan. The couple’s first child, Leslie Ivan Paice was
born in 22nd March 1918.[iii]

3/1895 Private George Paice was finally discharged on 7th March 1919 ‘on the term of period of engagement.

In World War One George Paice enlisted in 1941 in the New Zealand Temporary Employment Service. At that stage
George was working for the Auckland City Council and was a married man with two children. There is no record of the
work that 801240 Private George Paice was employed in only a note that he was discharged on the 11th August 1945
from NZTS New Zealand Army.[iv]

George Paice died in 1971.

Notes
Two of George's brothers, Joseph (Joe) and William Paice also served during WW1
 
References
Paperspast online
NZ BDM online
Archway Archives New Zealand – Military Files: 3/1895 Private George Paice aka George Pearce

Photos
HMNZT Tahiti – Arriving Wellington Harbour Sept 1915
HMNZT Tahiti

[i] NZ BDM 1890/5351
[ii] Archway Archives New Zealand – Military Files: 3/1895 Private George Paice aka George Pearce
[iii] Archway Archives New Zealand – Military Files: 3/1895 Private George Paice aka George Pearce
[iv] Archives New Zealand – Military Files: 3/1895 Private George Paice aka George Pearce​​
 
 
RMS Tahiti