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Ivory Edward Champion


Mick M
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I found this name on a small memorial in Brean Somerset, my first stop at CWWGC shows it to be an unusual case.  He was born and bred in Wiltshire but sometime after 1891 he emigrated to New Zealand where he embarked from Wellington in Feb 1915. The next record is his death is in September 1916 in France. He served as Private 8/1426, 1st Btn Otago Regiment.

Would he have served at Galipoli? I could do with a steer as to pre war job im guessing farmer as that tallies with a previous address, date of embarkation to NZ and info as to where his battalion served if anyone has access to NZ public records, (not asking to break site rules)

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Ivory or Ivor? CWGC have the latter. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1463003/ivor-edward-champion - as does the memorial [I suspect probably the curse of predictive texting at your end]

PRIVATE IVOR EDWARD CHAMPION

Service Number: 8/1426 
Regiment & Unit/Ship: Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1st Bn.
Date of Death: Died 27 September 1916
Buried or commemorated at: CATERPILLAR VALLEY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL France
Country of Service: New Zealand

Have you seen this IWM LOTFWW 'Life Story'? https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk/lifestory/7172318 with a photo of him [and one of the memorial]

M

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5 minutes ago, Matlock1418 said:

Ivory or Ivor? CWGC have the latter. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1463003/ivor-edward-champion - as does the memorial [I suspect probably the curse of predictive texting at your end]

PRIVATE IVOR EDWARD CHAMPION

Service Number: 8/1426 
Regiment & Unit/Ship: Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1st Bn.
Date of Death: Died 27 September 1916
Buried or commemorated at: CATERPILLAR VALLEY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL France
Country of Service: New Zealand

Have you seen this IWM LOTFWW 'Life Story'? https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk/lifestory/7172318 with a photo of him [and one of the memorial]

M

Sorry you were faster than my incompetent fingers.....post is now complete. I have CWWG and IWM details.

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Aukland Museum have on Online Cenotaph record https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C2487

They give theese personal details:

  • BIRTH
    4 February 1876 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • ADDRESS BEFORE ENLISTMENT
    Unknown AWMM Te Parae, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
  • NEXT OF KIN ON EMBARKATION
    Mrs M. Champion, sen. (mother), Warren Cottage, Brean, Burham, Somerset, England AWMM
  • RELATIONSHIP STATUS
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Mother's details included = from Brean

And a link to his military record https://collections.archives.govt.nz/web/arena/search#/item/aims-archive/R21893412 [use https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE10435124 to see in detail]

M

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38 minutes ago, Mick M said:

Would he have served at Galipoli? I could do with a steer as to pre war job im guessing farmer as that tallies with a previous address, date of embarkation to NZ and info as to where his battalion served if anyone has access to NZ public records,

See previous link - https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE10435124

Think this has the answers you seek, you'll just have to dive in = Gardener & Clerk, Joined his unit at Helles, 9/5/15 and more

M

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51 minutes ago, Matlock1418 said:

See previous link - https://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE10435124

Think this has the answers you seek, you'll just have to dive in = Gardener & Clerk, Joined his unit at Helles, 9/5/15 and more

M

That's brilliant thank you, it seems the only connection with Brean is his mum lived there when the memorial was made, but I'm sure the locals for whom I'm writing won't mind!

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