50236 Gunner George Sievers - New Zealand Field Artillery

The Sievers family originated in what now is Leipzig, Saxony, Germany. In the 1840 Leipzig was within the Kingdom
of Prussia and while the Napoleonic Wars had ended in 1815 there were many factors effecting Germany resulting in
a large scale movement of Germans / Prussians to other lands[i]. Two Sievers brothers arrived in New Zealand in the
1850’s and settled in the Wellington / Makara areas[ii].

George Sievers was second generation New Zealand born Sievers’ the son of Mary Ellen (nee Kelly) and William Louis Sievers. George was born in Kilbirnie, Wellington on 16th September 1892 the 14th child in the family of fifteen which included 5 females and 10 males[iii].

George was educated at the Marist Brothers, Thorndon before going on to become a painter and in 1914 was working
for R Tingey & Co, Wellington. George was living with his mother at 136 Wellington Terrace, Wellington when he enlisted
in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces (NZEF).[iv]

George’s military papers note that he had served with D (Wellington) Battery, NZ Artillery prior to enlistment so when
he entered military training camp on 21st April 1917 it was as 50236 Gunner Sievers, 28th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery (NZFA).

Gunner Sievers left New Zealand with the 28th Reinforcements, NZFA on 24th July 1917. On  arrival in England on
24th September 1917 the reinforcements were transported to the Artillery Training Depot,  Ewshott. Gunner Sievers remained in the training camp until 22nd December 1917, when he was shipped to France. In France Gunner Sievers
was attached to the Division Ammunition Column, DAC, which was engaged in moving up equipment and ammunition
to the guns on the front lines. Gunner Sievers remained with the DAC until 18th October 1918 when he was transferred
to the 13th Battery, 3rd Brigade, NZFA remaining with this unit the end of the war.

Gunner Sievers’ military records have no information from October 1918 to March 1919 when he is recorded as being in Codford Depot Camp, Salisbury. In the period between March and when he was repatriated to New Zealand on 28th July 1919 Gunner George Sievers, his brothers Gunner Arthur Sievers and Rifleman James Sievers along with their cousin Sergeant Patrick (Dick) Richard Kelly posed together for a photograph.

Four Rough Diggers in Liverpool
Left to Right 
59271 Sergeant Patrick (Dick) Richard Kelly NZ Signal Corp
65495 Gunner Arthur Sievers NZFA
50236 Gunner George Sievers NZFA
67262 Rifleman James (Jim) Sievers  NZRB

Gunner Sievers arrived back in New Zealand on 21st September 1919 and was finally discharged ‘On termination of his period of engagement’ on 10th October 1919.

George initially returned to live with his mother but by the early 1920’s is listed along with his brothers Arthur and 
Richard as farming in Porirua as Sievers Brothers[v].

George married on 17th November 1928 to Emma Lambert and at this stage is listed as living in Paremata[vi]. George
and Arthur Sievers had returned to their pre-war occupations with George listed as a painter. George and Emma
remained in Paremata through to the mid 1930’s when they moved to Lower Hutt.

George Sievers died on 5th January 1972 his death report by his widow Mrs E Sievers, 13 Hay Street, Naenae, Lower Hutt.  

Four of George’s brothers enlisted in the NZ Army:–
65495 Gunner Arthur Sievers NZFA
75668 Private Frederick Bernard Sievers – discharged C2
67262 Rifleman James (Jim) Sievers NZ Rifle Brigade
80846 Corporal Richard (Dick) Sievers – 50th Reinforcements NZFA

Paperspast Online
Brown (Sievers) family oral history
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files
NZ Electoral Rolls
NZ Post Directories 1919 – 1940

1919 Sievers Brothers and Cousin : Brown (Sievers) family

[i] Brown family genealogy – unpublished
[ii] Brown family genealogy – unpublished
[iii] NZ BDM
[iv] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 50236 Gunner George Sievers
[v] NZ Post Directory – Porirua  Sievers / Seivers
[vi] NZ Electoral Rolls – Otaki 1928
Four Rough Diggers in Liverpool