THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
POWLES Charles Guy
11/272, Captain temp Lieutenant Colonel, Headquarters, New Zealand Mounted Rifles

CITATION
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Gazetted 11 April 1918, p4410
For distinguished service in the field in connection with military operations culminating with the capture of Jerusalem.

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 3 June 1916, P5570
For distinguished service in the field. (Gallipoli).

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 January 1916, P1207
In connection with the operations described in General Ian Hamilton's despatch of 11 December 1915.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 13 July 1916, p6943
For gallant and distinguished service rendered during the period of General Sir C. Munro's command of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 1 December 1916, p11807
Mentioned in Despatches from General Sir Alexander Murray, KCB, Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 12 January 1918, p804
For gallant and distinguished conduct in the field or for other valuable service.  General A.J Murray's despatch of 28th June 1917 as Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

Order of the Nile, class 3 (Egypt)
Gazetted 16 January 1920, p699
For distinguished service rendered during the course of the campaign.

AWARDS
Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Distinguished Service Order
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Cape Colony, Transvaal, Rhodesia, South Africa 1901
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (4)
War Medal 1939-45
New Zealand War Service Medal
Order of the Nile, class 3 (Egypt)

NOTES
Born 16 December 1872, Wellington, New Zealand
Died 17 June 1951, Te Horo, New Zealand

BIOGRAPHICAL
LIEUTENANT Colonel Guy Charles Powles was born in Wellington on December 15,1872. Educated at Wellington College. Was a farmer from 1891 to 1910. Fought in the South African War and the First World War.
He was appointed OC Central Command in April 1924. He held the Queen's Medal with four clasps for service in South Africa, the CMG, DS0, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory medal. His other decorations include the Order of the Nile and he was ADC for the King. After the end of WW1 he was appointed second in charge of the instruction camps at Trentham and in April 1922 he went to General Headquarters as staff officer in charge of "A" Branch, where he remained until in 1923.
He was later  appointed Chief of General staff with the rank of Colonel. He was principal of Flock House training school from 1930-1935. In 1940 he was appointed commandant at Waiouru Army Training Camp. He wrote the history of the New Zealanders in "The New Zealanders in Sinai and Palestine." (1922) After his retirement from the army he took up sheep farming at Te Horo. He had three children, one of whom was Sir Guy Powles, New Zealand's first Ombudsman and High Commissioner in Western Samoa.  Colonel Powles died on June 17,1951.
[From the Alexander Tumbull Library archives NZ Biographies 1976,vol 2 ,Pg 124].