George Mitchell (New Zealand politician)
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wellington South
17 December 1919 – 7 December 1922
|Preceded by||Bob Semple|
|Succeeded by||Robert McKeen|
|Born||19 April 1877
Balclutha, New Zealand
|Died||16 March 1939
Wellington, New Zealand
|Resting place||Karori Cemetery|
|Political party||Independent Liberal|
|Allegiance||New Zealand Army|
|Years of service||1899–1902, 1914-18|
First World War
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order|
Lieutenant Colonel George Mitchell DSO (1877–1939) was an Independent Liberal Member of Parliament for Wellington South in New Zealand. He also served with the New Zealand Military Forces in the Boer War and the First World War.
Mitchell served with the 1st and 8th New Zealand Contingents in South Africa 1899–1902. Mitchell was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Transvaal and South Africa 1902 Clasps.
First World War
Following the outbreak of the First World War, Mitchell volunteered for the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force for service aboard. He was a major in the Southland Regiment and commanding officer of the 3rd Otago Reserve Battalion from 1917–1919, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Mitchell saw action in Gallipoli and France. He received the DSO in 1918 for distinguished service in the field (France and Flanders). He was awarded the Serbian Order of Karageorge, 4th Class with Swords; 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal; and NZ Volunteer Service Medal.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|1919–1922||20th||Wellington South||Independent Liberal|
Mitchell was the sensation of the 1919 election defeating the Labour MP, Bob Semple, who had won the Wellington South electorate in the previous year at a 1918 by-election. Mitchell served for one term until the 1922 election, when he was defeated by Labour's Robert McKeen.
After the end of his parliamentary career, Mitchell served on the Wellington City Council for two periods, from 1923 to 1925 and again from 1927 to 1931. He also served on the Wellington Harbour Board from 1921 to 1929 serving as its chair from 1923 to 1925.
He was the President of the Returned Soldiers' Association (RSA), an executive member of the War Relief Association and sat on the Wellington College Board of Governors.
- "Obituary". The Evening Post. CXXVII (64). 17 March 1939. p. 11. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- The New Zealand Roll of Honour, p.751
- NZPD, 30 June 1939
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- Bassett 1982, p. 25.
- Wilson 1985, p. 220.
- Wood 1996, p. 98.
- Wilson 1985, p. 215.
- Johnson, David (1996). "Members and Officers of the Wellington Harbour Board, Appendix 1". Wellington Harbour. Wellington Maritime Museum Trust. p. 475. ISBN 0958349800.
- The Dominion, 18 March 1939
- Three Party Politics in New Zealand, 1911-1931 by Michael Bassett (1982, Historical Publications, Auckland)
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
- Wood, G. Anthony, ed. (1996). Ministers and Members: In the New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: Otago University Press.