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Information on NEILSON, John William, 9/979 Trooper, Otago Mounted Rifles, 4th Reinforcements for you.

This file is 16 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. In total there are eleven main documents (1 to 11) of interest with the usual inserts on the original file. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

Please note that the file continually records this man’s name as “Neilson” and “Neilsen.”

I have a photo of this man I will send you.

Overview

John William Neilson was born in Ross, a small town located on the West Coast of South Island, New Zealand on 23 April 1894.

He underwent his medical examination on 8 February 1915 at Te Namu and he attested at Trentham, New Zealand on 1 March 1915. On attestation / enlistment he initially joined the Auckland Mounted Rifles, “A” Squadron, as a private with the number 13/1078. His service reckons from 25 February 1915 – the day he was enlisted with the Auckland Mounted Rifles. On 25 March 1915 he transferred to the Otago Mounted Rifles “D” Squadron as a private with the number 9/979. He is described as you would expect as a "Trooper."

His apparent / declared age on enlistment was 20 years.

He was a farmer by ‘occupation’ and was living and working for his father, Henry Nielsen, at Te Namu prior to enlisting. John Neilson was single. His father lived initially on John’s enlistment at Te Namu Westport, South Island, New Zealand and then at Yates Rd Mangere Otahuhu Auckland, then Youngs Road Papakura Auckland and finally on 28 August 1922 at 17 William St Dominion Rd Auckland. 103 Valley Rd Mount Eden Auckland is also listed.

A memo written from the Public Trustee Office in Wellington on 22 August 1919 states that the medals were to go to Mrs H Nielson Te Manu Westport.

John Neilson’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 162 lb. His complexion was fair; and colour of eyes blue, colour of hair brown. The condition of his teeth was described as “good.” His religious profession was Presbyterian. In all respects he was “accepted” by R B Morrison, Medical Officer, for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

He left New Zealand on HMNZT No 22 (‘Knight Templar’), one of three ships carrying a total of 2,254, 4th Reinforcements, on 17 April 1915, arriving Suez 25 May 1915. OC Troops Major Beattie; Ship’s Master F Haworth. He was inoculated against typhoid on 14 and 17 March 1915; and vaccinated on board the Knight Templar on 25 April 1915. He was also on 25 April 1915.

While his file doesn’t record when he landed on Gallipoli he does record that he became sick and was admitted to 17th General Hospital in Alexandria on 11 July 1915. He returned to health and was attached to strength at Mustafa and rejoined his unit at Sidi Bishr on 16 July 1915. There is no evidence on the file to suggest that he had gone to Gallipoli got sick and was evacuated.

However, once in Gallipoli he was wounded in action on 21 August 1915 – gunshot wounds and fractured left knee. He was sent to Malta where he died of the wounds on 3 September 1915.

On his death his mother received, via his short will, notice of £3-12-10 payment from the Officer-in-charge War Expenses.

He is buried in Pieta Cemetery, Malta.

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 9/970

NAME NEILSEN John William

Regiment “D” SQDN 4th RFTS

2 RECEIPT FOR MEMORIAL PLAQUE

I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF MEMORIAL PLAQUE ISSUED ON ACCOUNT OF

REG 9/979 John William Neilsen

Next of kin: Mr H Neilsen

Signature: H Neilsen 103 Valley Rd Mount Eden Auckland

Address: 17 William St Dominion Rd

3 LETTER

Note: Form is typed mostly

Quote this 47 reference in reply

PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE

WELLINGTON NZ 22nd August 1919

The Officer in Charge

War Expenses

WELLINGTON

9/979 J W Neilso e? n– dec’d

this soldier’s Will was handed to the beneficiary therefof:

Mrs H Nielsen,

Toanui crossed out and Tenanui written in

WESTPORT

Apparently she is the party entitled to the Active Service Gratuity and War Medals

Signed

Thos E Roberts

Controller Soldiers’ Estates Division

Stamped “OMG (4) ACTION COMPLETE 26.8.19

4 LETTER

9/979

Dear Madam

9/979 John Wm Nielsen, dec’d

I enclose herewith statement of account showing a balance of £3-12-10, payment of which amount will be made to you by the Postmaster, Westport, on production of the original Will of the above-named deceased soldier.

Yours faithfully,

J A Rodda

Officer-in-charge War Expenses

Enclosure (Note: there isn’t one on file)

Mrs H Nielsen

Te Namu

WESTPORT

5 Short Form of Will

Typed mostly

9/979 John William Nielsen

In the event of my death I give to

(a) Mrs H Neilsen

Te Namu

Westport, NZ

General Headquarters

Third Echelon

Mediterranean Expeditionary Force

November 10th 1915

I certify that the attached unsigned short form of will was taken from the Pay-Book of the late 9/979 Trooper J W Nielsen.

(Signed) N Fitzherbert

Major

Officer in charge New Zealand Records

File stamped “QMC (4) FILE 2 JAN 1916 W H W”

6 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number: 9/979

Regiment or Corps: Otago Mounted Rifles

Rank: Trooper

Name: Nielsen John William

Enlisted: (a) 25.2.15

Terms of Service (a): end of war

Service reckons from (a): 25.2.15

Information shown in order as Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

17.7.15; O/C OMR; Admd 17th Gen; Alexandria; 11.7.15; B213

17.7.15; Mustafa; Attached strength; Mustafa; 16.7.15; B213

17.7.15; Mustafa; Rejoined unit; Sidi Bishr; 16.7.15; B213

22.8.15; O/C OMR; Wounded in action; Dardanelles; 21.8.15; L knee. B213

5.9.15; Cdth Malta; Died of wounds; Malta; 3.9.15; Extract cable WB1309 from Cdth Malta A7165

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Stamped “FILE 17 NOV 1915 CAM”

7 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

No 9/979

Name Nielson John William (note spelling on last name)

Regiment or Unit: A Sqd Mounted

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? John William Neilsen (note spelling on last name)

2 Where were you born? Ross

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 23/4/1894

5 What is your trade or calling? Farmer

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Te Namu

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? H Nielsen

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes Te Namu

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes Note: also initialled “J W N”

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I John W Nielsen do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit John W Nielsen

Signature of Witness Illegible rank looks SM

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, John William Nielsen, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at BLANK, NZ on this 1st day of March 1915.

Signature of Attesting Officer P N Petty Lieut

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of John William Nielsen on Enlistment

Apparent age: 20 years

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 162 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 35 inches Maximum 38 inches

Complexion: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Brown

Religious profession: Presbyterian

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye Normal

Sight: Left eye Normal

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? BLANK

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Accepted

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Feb 8 1915

SIGNED R B Morrison Medical Officer

8 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Nielsen

Christian Name: John William

Examined On 8 day of Feb, 1915

At Te Namu

Birthplace Town Ross

Country New Zealand

Declared age: 20 years

Trade or occupation Farmer

Height: 5 ft 9 in

Weight 162 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 35 in Maximum expansion 38 in

Approved by R B Morrison Medical Officer

Enlisted on 1st day of March 1915, at Trentham

Joined on enlistment: AMR; Regimental No: 13/1078; Date: 1-3-15

Transferred to: “D” Squad; Regimental No: 9/979; Date: 25/3/15

9 Form – no title

Written down left hand side of form:

Surname: Nielsen

Christian Name: John William

Information shown in order as: Station or Troopship; Date Arrival at the Station or of Embarkation; REMARKS ON NATURE OF DISEASE; Signature of Medical Officer:

Trentham; 25.2.15; Inoculated typhoid 14.3.15; G Bogle

HMZNT 22; 17.4.15; Inoculated typhoid 21.3.15; A W Izard

BLANK; BLANK; Vaccinated 25.4.15; D Nilson

10 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: D Sqdn OMR

Rank: Pvte crossed out and Trpr written in

Surname: Nielsen

Christian Name: John William

No: 9/979

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: Presbyterian

Place of Birth: Ross

Date of Birth: 23.4.1894

Last New Zealand address: Te Namu

Last employer: H Nielsen

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Father Henry Nielsen Youngs Road Papakura Auckland – 2 other address crossed out: Te Namu Westport, Yates Rd Mangere Otahuhu

Written Memo from PTO Wgton 22.8.19 States Medals to go to Mrs H Nielson Te Manu Westport

Medal action

Rank on discharge: Tpr

Reg No: 9/979

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of wounds

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mr Nielsen (F) Youngs Rd Papakura Auckland

Service Medals issued

1914 – 25 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

STAMPED “MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 16 NOV 1923”

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Neilson John William No 9/979

Regiment or Corp: AIB

Rank: Pvte

Date: 15.2.15

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Neilsen, John Wm

Reg No 9/979

Roll No 509670

Scroll despatched (Date) 5 OCT 1921

Plaque 10 MAR 1922

Recipient and address: Mr H Neilsen 17 William St Dominion Rd Auckland 28/8/22

Written on top left hand side “Cert posted 5.10.22”

Service

Information shown in order as Country or Troopship; Date from; Date to

New Zealand; 25/2/15; 17/4/15

Foreign; 17/4/15

Wounds

Cable No AFB103

Where soldier located: Dardanelles

Message and Remarks: Wounded in action 21.8.15 (left knee)

Sick

26.7.15 was sick, now discharged from hospital

Army Form B103 Wounded in Action Dardanelles 21.8.15

Died of wounds Malta 3.9.15

Died of wounds 21.9.15 Died of gunshot wounds and fractured knee at Malta on 3 Sept

Buried in Malta Pieta Cemetery

11 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

No 13/1078 crossed out and 9/979 written in

Name Nielsen John William

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 25.2.15; 16.4.15; 50

1 Service record: Foreign Service; 12/4/15; all else blank

5 Wounded: Stamped “Dardanelles wounded:

10 Name and address of next of kin: Father Henry Nielsen Te Namu Westport

Intended place of residence on discharge: New Zealand

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No ‘1078’ crossed out and ‘9/979’ written in

NAME: Nielsen, John W

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates; Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry:

A Sqd AMR; BLANK; Pte; 25.2.15; A E Wilkinson Capt

D Squad 4R; Transferred; Pte; 25.3.15; ? Lieut

BLANK; Dardanelles wounded (knee); BLANK; Cabled 14.9.15; BLANK

OMR: Attached Adv Base Depot; Tpr; 16.7.15; F M Pyle

BLANK; Rejoined unit = Sidi Bishr; Tpr; 16.7.15; FMP

BLANK; Died of wounds Malta (c21/9/15); Tpr; 3.7.15; W H Shore

Reference source

Agency AABK

Series 18805

Accession W5549

Box / item 71

Record 0085547

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Information on PHELAN, Private Phillip, 8/1599, D Coy, Otago Infantry Battalion, 3rd reinforcements for you.

This file is 19 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. In total there are nine main documents (1 to 9) of interest with the usual inserts on the original file. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file. I have also a photo of this man to send to you.

Overview

Phillip Phelan was born in Reefton, a small town near Greymouth on the West coast of South Island New Zealand on 21 November 1890.

Phillip underwent his medical examination on 30 November 1914 (place not stated) and he attested at Trentham, New Zealand on 21 December 1914. On enlistment he joined the Otago Infantry Battalion - D Company. His service reckons from 15 December 1914.

His apparent age on enlistment was 24 years.

He was a carter by ‘occupation’ and was living at 165 King St Dunedin and working for someone called M Stevens Dunedin prior to enlisting. Phillip was single. His father Phillip Phelan lived in Progress Junction, Reefton, New Zealand and his mother Mrs F Phelan, Fox Street, Cobden, Greymouth.

Phillip’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 9¾ inches tall and weighed 196 lb. His complexion was medium; and colour of hair brown; colour of eyes grey. The condition of his teeth was described as “satisfactory.” His religious profession was Roman Catholic.

He left New Zealand on HMNZT No 19 (Aparima) on 14 Feb 1915, arriving Suez 26 March 1915. OC Troops Major Herbert; Ship’s Master J E Macdonald. This ship was one of three transports carrying the 3rd reinforcements (1,719 troops) to Egypt.

While his file doesn’t record when he landed on Gallipoli it is likely that this would have been on 6th May 1915 when the 3rd reinforcements were sent to Helles to participate in the attack on Krithia. On the 7 June 1915 he received a shrapnel wound to his forehead and was admitted to the New Zealand Field Ambulance Hospital at Anzac Cove where he was transferred by hospital ship to Malta where he was admitted to the Valetta Military Hospital on 20 June 1915. He obviously recovered well enough to embark on “Seang Bee” for Egypt on 12 July 1915 where on 16 July 1915 he was attached to the strength of Advanced Base Depot at Mustafa. He embarked again on the “Seang Bee” and rejoined his unit at Gallipoli on 22 July 1915.

However, on 18 September 1915 he was admitted to the Base Casualty Clearing Station at Anzac suffering from enteritis and such was his condition he was transferred the same day to the Hospital Ship Maheno, which took him to Malta where on 23 September he was admitted to Cottonera Hospital.

He died of enteric in hospital on 30 September 1915 and was buried at Addolorata Cemetery, Grave No 666 Division East, Section EA, Compartment A.

Following Phillip’s death an administrative blunder arose in New Zealand when on 1 December 1916 a Mrs F Guerin, the mother of another man named Edward Phelan (6/120) who had been killed on 15 August 1915 at Chunk Bair, was provided a voucher for £5-16-0, being the amount identified in Phillip Phelan’s Will made at Zeitoun Camp, Cairo, on 16th April 1915. Mrs Guerin pointed out the error to the authorities. In Phillip’s Will, which is not on the file, he named his sister Alice Carmine who was living at Granity, a small town on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, as a beneficiary. This issue, as like lots of other WW1 soldiers’ probate issues took some time to sort out – in this case not until May 1920.

1 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: OIB (Otago Infantry Battalion)

Rank: Private

Surname: Phelan

Christian Name: Phillip

No: 8/1599

Occupation: Carter

Religion: R C

Place of Birth:

Date of Birth: 21 Nov 1890

Last New Zealand address: 165 King St Dunedin

Last employer: M Steven

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Phillip Phelan (Father) Progress Junction Reefton

Medal action

Surname: Phelan

Christian names: Philip

Reg No: 8/1599

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of sickness

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address / Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mrs F Phelan, Fox St, Cobden

Medals issued:

1914 – 15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Phelan, Phillip No 8/1599

Information shown in order as: Regiment or Corp; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties &; Rank; Date:

OIB; BLANK; Pte; 15/12/14

BLANK; Died Enteric Malta; BLANK; 30/9/15

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Phelan Phillip

Reg No 8/1599

Roll No 510520

Scroll despatched (Date) 24 JUN 1921

Plaque 8 FEB 1922

Recipient and address: Mrs F Phelan Fox Street Cobden Greymouth

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 25/10/21”

Service

NZ; From 15.12.14; To 13.2.15

Foreign; From 14.2.15; To

Died of sickness 30/9/15 Enteric – Malta

Pension Advice re medals to Mrs F Phelan (M) Fox Street, Cobden, Greymouth

AFB103 30.9.15 Malta Died of enteric

BR 9/7 Buried in Addolorata Cem Malta

2 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1 Personal Record of Registration No 8/1599

NAME Phelan Phillip

Regiment D Coy OIB 3rd reinforcements

3 MEMORANDUM

NOTE: Form is myped mostly

Headquarters

New Zealand Military Forces

Wellington

1 Dec 1916

EF 8/1599 QMG (4)

MEMORANDUM FOR:

The Postmaster,

WESTPORT

8/1599 Phillip Phelan, deceased

I enclose herewith a voucher for £5-16-0, which amount please pay to Mrs E Guerin (note incorrect initial) of Palmerston Street, Westport, on production of the will of the above-named deceased soldier.

After payment the voucher should bear a certificate stating that the will has been produced and a certified copy of same forwarded to his Office.

Please obtain Mrs Guerin’s full Christian name and insert in the voucher.

Signed M Rodda

Officer in charge War Expenses

Handwritten notes: “The Chief Accountant - Mrs Guerin states that there is some mistake – the arrears? Is not due to her. Please see her note attached.” (No note is on file)

“Mrs Guerin is mother of 8/120 Edward Phelan”

(Wrong number should be 6/120 not 8/120 - Her son Edward Phelan was killed in action on 15.8.15 at Chunuk Bair)

4 FORM – NO TITLE

CASUALTY AND DATE Enteric 30 Sep 15

If paybook received: Yes

If will executed: Yes in possession of C E Salter

If being administered state name: Solicitor 88 Hereford St ChCh (Christchurch)

If Probate of letters of Administration granted: BLANK

Balance Withdrawn? Field pay

Remark Statement caused be made papers not yet to hand

Initials of Officer CK

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

Note: Some responses on this form are typed

ATTESTATION OF

No 8/1599

Name Phelan Phillip

Regiment or Unit:

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Phillip Phelan

2 Where were you born? Reefton

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 21st Nov 1890

5 What is your trade or calling? Carter

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? 165 King St Dunedin

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? M Stevens Dunedin

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes Christchurch

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Phillip Phelan do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Phillip Phelan

Signature of Witness W H Donaldson

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Phillip Phelan, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Trentham, NZ on this 21st day of December 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer T Gillman 2nd Lieut

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Phillip Phelan on Enlistment

Apparent age: 24 years months

Height: 5 feet 9¾ inches

Weight: 196 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 36½ inches Maximum 39 inches

Complexion: Medium

Colour of eyes: Grey

Colour of hair: Brown

Religious profession: RC

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye: Good

Sight: Left eye: Good

Hearing: Right ear Good

Hearing: Left ear Good

Colour vision: Good

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Satisfactory

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Fit

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Nov 30 1914

SIGNED illegible Capt Medical Officer

6 FORM - NO TITLE

Note: Form is very faded

NZ Service 61 Days

Overseas 229 days

Total NZEF service 290 days

7 FORM OF DECLARATION (JP - 50

Note: Form typed mostly

I, Alice Carmine

Of Millerton

WESTPORT

do solemnly and sincerely declare that

(1) I am a sister of – 8/1599 Phillip Phelan – deceased,

(2) I am identical with the “A1” mentioned in the testamentary letter written by the said Phillip Phelan and dated Zeitoun Camp, Cairo, 16th April 1915

(3) To the best of my knowledge, information, and belief there is no Will or other testamentary document in existence.

(4) I do not intend to apply for Probate of the said testamentary letter.

and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the Justices of the Peace Act, 1908.

Declared at Granity

This 3rd day of May

One thousand nine hundred and twenty

Signed Alice Maud Carmine

Before me

Wm McCormack JP

Justice of the Peace

8 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Note: this form is very faded

Regimental Number 8/1599

Regiment or Corps Otago Battalion

Rank Pte

Name Phelan Phillip

Enlisted (a) 15.12.14

Terms of Service (a) Period of war

Service reckons from (a) 15.12.14

Information is shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

12.6.15; NZ Fd Amb; Adm NZF Amb Hosp; Anzac Cove; 7.6.15; BW Forehead A36 C1856

BLANK; NZ Fd Amb; & transf to Hosp Ship; Anzac Cove; BLANK; BLANK

26.6.15; Malta; Adm to hosp Valletta; Malta; 20.6.15; Roll: Ward B20

BLANK; BLANK; Transf to Mil Hosp; Valletta; 25.6.15; Shrap wd: Forehead A36

BLANK; Malta; Embarked on “Seang Bee for Egypt; Malta; 12.7.15; Nom Roll

BLANK; BLANK; Att strength of A B D (advanced Base Depot); Mustapha; 16.7.15; B213

27.7.15; Mustapha; Emb on Seang Bee for Dardanelles; Alexandria; 21.7.15; Nom Roll

BLANK; illegible; Rejoined unit; Dardanelles; 22.7.15; B312

Illegible; Cas C Stn; Adm to Base Clear Stn & transferred to; Anzac; 18.9.15; Enteritis A36 A4349

BLANK; Maheno; Adm to HS Maheno; Anzac; 18.9.15; Roll A3432

26.9.15; Cottonera; Adm Cottonera Hosp; Malta; 23.9.15; Seriously ill A36 C3857

30.9.15; C in C Malta; Died of enteric in hospital; Malta; 30.9.15; Cable WB1785 A11796

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Stamped “Entered on History Sheet 13 0r 18/10/?

9 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: Three of these forms exist – compilation follows

No 8/1599

Name Phelan Phillip

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days

1 Service record: New Zealand; 15/12/14; 12/1/15; 59 days

1 Service record: HMNZT 19; 13/2/15; 26/3/15 Dis Suez; 42 days

1 Service record: Egypt; 27/3/15; all else blank

5 Wounded: Dardanelles wounded

10 Name and address of next of kin: Phillip Phelan, Progress Junction, Reefton, Father

Intended place of residence on discharge: New Zealand

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 8/1599

NAME: Phillip Phelan

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates; Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry:

D Coy Otago Infy; BLANK; Pte; 15/12/14; D White Capt

D Coy Otago Infy; Dardanelles wounded; Pte; 7/6/15; BLANK

D Coy Otago Infy; Attached Base Depot Mustapha; Pte; 16.7.15; K Richards

D Coy Otago Infy; Emb on Seang Bee for D’nelles; Pte; 21.7.15; K R

BLANK; Buried Addolorata Cemetery Malta Grave No 666 Division East, Section EA, Compartment A looks like “O&P&G 145” 3/9382 No 6; BLANK; 1.10.15; H Simms

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Series 18805

Accession W5550

Box / item 21

Record 0092589

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Information for you on Quayle, Angus David George, 8/271 Sapper New Zealand Engineers 1st Field Coy for you.

This file is 19 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm – a lot of which is very faded. In total there are eleven documents (1 to 11) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

Please note that the regimental number 4/274 showing in your original message is incorrect. His correct number is 8/271.

This man is also interesting because he was one of five brothers all of whom served in WW1 and all except him survived the war! His brothers were: Alex Stuart Douglas Quayle 5/19, Driver (Samoan Advance Party); Frederick Ernest Quayle 10/2283, Private, (Wellington Infantry Battalion); Robert Henry Quayle 9/193, Trooper, (Otago Mounted Rifles) and Thomas James Quayle 34142, Rifleman. National Archives has all five brothers’ files.

He also had an older brother, William John Quayle, who was a Blacksmith in Patea.

The probate information on this file is a little confusing but maybe some genealogist pal will clarify for us.

Overview

Angus David George Quayle was born in Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 15 May 1890.

He underwent his medical examination on 14 August 1914 at Milton, South Island New Zealand and attested at Milton, on 14 August 1914. On enlistment, which is dated 14 August 1914, at Milton, he joined the Otago Infantry Battalion, 14th (South Otago) Regiment but later transferred on 30th June 1915 to NZ Engineers No 1 Field Coy. His military experience prior to enlisting was with the Palmerston North Infantry from which he resigned probably because he left the district for work.

His ‘apparent age' on enlistment was 24 years.

Angus was a ‘plumber’ by occupation’ working for W Kyfe, Tapanui, South Island, New Zealand. Angus was single. His legal next of kin is recorded as his father William Quayle, Main Street East, Palmerston North. (His father obviously died according to the file below and the medals for Angus went to his older brother.)

Angus Quayle’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 156 lb. The condition of his teeth was described as “sound.” His complexion was described as dark; colour of eyes dark and colour of hair dark. His religious profession was not stated.

He departed Wellington New Zealand on HMNZT No 9 (Hawke’s Bay) on 16 October 1914 as part of the Main Body. OC Troops Lt Col Bauchop, CMG and Ship’s Master J C Lidstone. He disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt on 3 December 1914. He would have arrived in Anzac Cove via Lemnos on 25 April 1915 on board the ‘Annaberg’ with the rest of the Otago Battalion. He survived the landing, 2nd battle for Krithia and on 30th June 1915 he transferred to the New Zealand Engineers No 1 Field Coy.

On 17 July 1915 he became sick and was transported to Malta where he died on enteric fever on 3 August 1915. He was buried in Malta at Pieta Cemetery.

He had survived 82 days on Gallipoli.

1 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: NZE

Rank: Sapper

Surname: Quayle

Christian Name: Angus David George

No: 8/271

Occupation: Plumber

Religion: not stated

Place of Birth: Southland

Date of Birth: 15 May 1890

Last New Zealand address: Tapanui

Last employer: W Kyfe (?) Tapanui

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Father William Quayle Main Street East Palmerston North – Note “Any medals to be forwarded to W J Quayle (F) Main St East Palmerston North

Medal action

Surname: Quayle

Christian names: Angus D G

Rank on death: Sapper

Reg No: 8/271

Casualty or reason for discharge: died of sickness 3/8/1915

Legatee and address: Mr W Quayle (F) Foxton Line Palmerston North (since deceased)

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address William John Quayle (B) Blacksmith, Patea

Medals issued:

1914 – 15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

FORM STAMPED “MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 22 OCT 1923"

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Quayle Angus David George No 8/271

Information shown in order as: Regiment or Corp; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties &; Rank; Date:

OIB; Posted; Pte; 14.8.14

BLANK; Transf to NZE; Spr; 30.6.15

Service

NZ; from 14.8.14; to 15.10.14

Foreign; from 16.10.14

Sick

AFB103 Died at Malta 3 Aug 1915 from Enteric fever

BR912 Buried in Malta at Pieta Cemetery

Died of sickness 8.8.15 Died of Enteric 3.8.15

Medals authorised to Mr William John Quayle (EB) Blacksmith Patea

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Quayle, Angus David Geo

Reg No: 8/271

Roll No: 510843

Scroll despatched (Date): 29 JUN 1921

Plaque: 20 JAN 1922

Recipient and address: Mr W J Quayle Blacksmith Patea

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 30.10.22”

2 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 8/271

NAME Quayle Angus David George

Regiment Otago Infantry

Group: 16

3 EXTRACT OF PROBATE

Note: The next form doesn’t seem to be obviously connected to A D G Quayle – it is faded and typed

ESTATE William John Quayle

GRANTOR Sir Robert Stout

GRANTEE Elisabeth Anne Fargher (name as typed!)

PLACE OF GRANT Palmerston North

DATE OF GRANT 28th April 1920

EXTRACT OF WILL

BENEFICIARIES Children, equally

Certified true extracts Aubrey C Bosseull?

13 April 1921

4 Letter

Typed but written on top “8/271 Quayle Angus David Geo”

11th April 1921

Messrs Loughnan & Jacobs

PO Box 237

PALMERSTON NORTH

Gentlemen

Re 8/271 A D G Quayle deceased

I understand that you hold the Probate of the Will of William John Quayle, and shall esteem it a favour if you will let me have it for perusal. It will then be returned to you by registered post.

Yours faithfully

Illegible signature

Officer-in-charge

5 LETTER

Note: this letter is typed mostly

PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE

WELLINGTON NZ

22/8/19

The Officer in Charge

War Expenses Office

Defence Department

WELLINGTON

8/271 A D G Quayle

The Public Trustee has completed his administration of this solder’s estate.

Please account for any undrawn field-pay and for the Active Service Gratuity to the beneficiary under the will – viz

W J Quayle

Main St East

Palmerston North

Medals should be handed to the same beneficiary, who is the father of the deceased.

Signed

Thos E Roberts

Controller,

Soldiers’ Estates Division

6 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 8/271

Regiment or Corps NZ Engineer 1st Field Coy

Rank Sapper

Name Quayle, Angus David George

Enlisted (a) 14.8.14

Terms of Service (a) end of war

Service reckons from (a) 14.8.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty:

18.7.15; Capt Ferguson; Trans from OIB; BLANK; 30.6.15

4.8.15; Commandant Malta; Sickness; Gallipoli; 17.7.15

BLANK; BLANK; Died of enteric fever; Malta; 3.8.15

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

7 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

No 8/271

Name Quayle, Angus David George

Regiment or Unit: BLANK

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Angus David George Quayle

2 Where were you born? Southland

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 15 May 1890

5 What is your trade or calling? Plumber

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Tapanui

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Mr Kyfe Tapanui

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. Palmerston North Infy - resigned

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? No

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Angus David George Quayle do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Angus D G Quayle

Signature of Witness illegible

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Angus David George Quayle, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Milton, NZ on this 14th day of August 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer illegible

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Angus David George Quayle on Enlistment

Apparent age: 24 years - months

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 156 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 34 ½ inches Maximum 37½ inches

Complexion: Dark

Colour of eyes: Dark

Colour of hair: Dark

Religious profession: not stated

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6/6

Sight: Left eye 6/6

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Sound

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids?

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Blank

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

14/8/1914

A Stenhouse Capt Medical Officer

8 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Note – two of these forms exist – compilation follows

Of

Surname: Quayle

Christian Name: Angus David George

Examined On 14 day of Aug, 1914

At Milton

Birthplace Town Southland

Country New Zealand

Declared age: 24 years

Trade or occupation Plumber

Height: 5 ft 7 in

Weight 156 lb

Chest Minimum, 34 ½ in Maximum expansion 37½ in

Approved by A Stenhouse Capt Medical Officer Milton

Enlisted on 14 day of August 1914, at Milton

Information shown in order as Corps; Regimental No, Date

Joined on enlistment: Otago Infantry; 8/271; 14/8/14

Transferred to: NZ Engineers No 1 Field Coy; 8/271; 30/6/15

9 Form – no title

Written down left hand side of form:

Surname: Quayle

Christian Name: A D G

Adm Hospital: 7.7.15

10 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: Two of these forms exist – compilation follows typed in parts

No 8/271

Name Angus David George Quayle

Information shown in order as Country; From; To; Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 14/8/15; 15/10/14; 39 days

1 Service record: At sea transport 9; 16/10/14 Disembarked Alexandria 2/12/14; BLANK

1 Service record: Egypt; 3/12/14

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mr Wm Quayle (Father) Main St East Palmerston North

Single

Intended place of residence on discharge: c/o Father

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 8/271

NAME: Quayle A D G

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates, Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry:

Otago Infy; Attested; Pvte; 14/8/14; BLANK

NZ Engineers; Posted to 1st Fd Coy; BLANK; 30/6/15; Geo L Coutts

No 1 Fld Coy; Transferred; BLANK; 30/6/15; K Richards

BLANK; Admitted hospital; BLANK; 17.7.15; Illegible

BLANK; Died Enteric Malta (103); BLANK; 30/7/15; Illegible

11 Form – no title very faded

Enlisted NZ: 14.8.15

Arrived Egypt: 3.12.14

Gallipoli: 12.4.15

Died of sickness: 3.8.15

NZ Service 40 Days

Overseas 315 days

Total NZEF service 355 days

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Series 18805

Accession W5550

Box / item 48

Record 0095284

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Information on Roughan, John Philip Sergeant 8/275, Otago Infantry Battalion, 14th South Otago Company for you.

This file is 19 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. In total there are nine documents (1 to 9) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

Please note that while there is nothing recorded on the Nominal Roll under ROUGHAN he does appear under the name ROUGHAM – a misspelling of course! Nominal roll detail:

Surname ROUGHAM

Given Name John Philip

Category Nominal Roll Vol. 1

Regimental Number 8/275

Rank Sergeant

Body or Draft Main Body

Unit or Regiment Otago Infantry Batln

Marital Status S

Last NZ Address Lawrence

Next of Kin Title Denis J

Next of Kin Surname ROUGHAM

Next of Kin Relationship Father

Next of Kin Address Lawrence

I have a photograph of this man that I will send you.

Overview

John Philip Roughan was born in Rongahere, Clutha District, South Island New Zealand on 2nd April 1894.

He underwent his medical examination on 17 August 1914; at Milton, South Island, New Zealand, and he attested and enlisted at Milton on 15 August 1914. (An interesting order of events if the file is correct – usually the medical examination came first in the process.) His prior military experience was given as Sergeant in the 14th South Otago Regiment.

On enlistment he joined, as a Sergeant (one of nine) 8/275, the Otago Infantry Battalion, 14th South Otago Company. His service reckoned from the 15 August 1914.

John’s declared age' on enlistment was 20 years 6 months.

John was a ‘painter’ by occupation’ working for J McAra, Lawrence, New Zealand. Lawrence was also John’s last New Zealand address. He was single. His recorded next of kin was his father Dennis J Roughan, 92 Canongate Street Dunedin. The file also records two other addresses for his father: 34 Erin Street Roslyn Dunedin and 117 Stafford St Dunedin, New Zealand.

John’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 11 stone 6 lb. The condition of his teeth was described as “good.” His complexion was described as fair; colour of eyes blue and colour of hair light brown. His religious profession was described as ‘Roman Catholic.’

He was confirmed in his enlistment rank as sergeant on 8 September 1914.

He departed Wellington New Zealand on HMNZT No 9 (Hawke’s Bay) on 16 October 1914 as part of the Main Body. OC Troops Lt Col Bauchop, CMG and Ship’s Master J C Lidstone. He disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt on 3 December 1914. He would have arrived in Anzac Cove via Lemnos on 25 April 1915 on board the ‘Annaberg’ with the rest of the Otago Battalion. He survived the landing but on 2 May 1915 he sprained his ankle and was admitted to the Hospital Ship Devanha. (An interesting ship this – she landed the 12th Battalion of Australian troops at Anzac Beach, and then steamed up the coast as a feint to draw enemy fire. She converted into a hospital ship on 30 April 1915, in which capacity she was the last vessel to leave the Dardanelles. In April 1919 she reconverted to a troopship in London and repatriated Australian troops.) John Roughan rejoined in his unit in Gallipoli on 14 July 1915. On 7 August 1915 he received gun shot wounds to his leg that fractured his femur. He was admitted to hospital in Malta on 15 August 1915 and died two days later on the 17 August 1915.

He is buried at Addolorata Cemetery, Malta, Grave No 660 Division East Section Ext Compartment OR&G 175 3/8382 No 6.

He had survived almost 25 days on Gallipoli.

1 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: OIB (Otago Infantry Battalion)

Rank: Sergt

Surname: Roughan

Christian Name: John Philip

No: 8/275

Occupation: Painter

Religion: RC

Place of Birth: Rongahere (Clutha District South Island New Zealand)

Date of Birth: 2.4.94

Last New Zealand address: Lawrence

Last employer: J McAra Lawrence

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Dennis J Roughan (father) 92 Canongate St Dunedin

Note written “Memo PTO 10.10.19 all medals to for to father

Medal action

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of wounds

Legatee and address: No evidence of will

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address D J Roughan (F) 117 Stafford St Dunedin

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mr Dennis J Roughan (F) 92 Canongate St Dunedin 13/2/24

Stamped MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 23 OCT 1923

Service Medals issued:

1914 – 15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Roughan John

Reg No 8/275

Roll No 511443

Scroll despatched (Date) 29 JUN 1921

Plaque 1 FEB 1922

Recipient and address: Mr D J Roughan 34 Erin Street Roslyn. Note: 117 Stafford St Dunedin crossed out

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Roughan John Philip No 8/275

Information shown in order as: Regiment or Corp; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties &c; Rank; Date:

OIB; BLANK; Sergt; 15.8.14

BLANK; Died of wounds received in action Dardanelles; BLANK; 17.8.15

Service

New Zealand – Date from 15.8.14; Date to 16.10.14

Foreign - Date from 16.10.14

Wounds

Information shown in order as: Date; Where soldier located; Message and Remarks:

17.8.15; Malta; Died at Malta Aug 17th 1915 from wds rec in action (at Gallipoli) Buried in Addolorata Cemetery

BLANK; BLANK; Wd Gallipoli 7.8.15 adm hosp Malta 15.8.15 fract femur

Killed in action

Died of wounds 17/8/15 Died of wounds received in action Dardanelles 17th August 1915

Pension Medals to Mr D J Roughan 34 Erin St Roslyn and 17 Stafford St crossed out and 92 Canongate St Dunedin written in

2 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 8/275

Regiment or Corps Otago Battalion 14

Rank Sergt

Name Roughan John Philip

Enlisted (a) 15.8.14

Terms of Service (a) period of war

Service reckons from (a) 15.8.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

BLANK; BLANK; Adm T Devanha; Dardanelles; 2.5.15; Sprained ankle

BLANK; BLANK; Rejoined unit; Dardanelles; 14.7.15; B213

13.8.15; O/C OIB; Wounded; Dardanelles; 7.8.15; B213 13.8.15 GSW leg

16.8.15; Malta; Adm to hospital; Malta; 15.8.15; Nom Roll A5690

21.8.15; Malta; Died of wounds; Malta; 17.8.15; Fractured femur HB1015 A4413

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Form stamped “FILE 15 NOV 1915 CAM”

Entered on history sheet 30.3.17

3 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1 Personal Record of Registration No

NAME Roughan John Philip

Regiment Otago Infantry

Group: 16

Number: 8/275

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

No 8/275

Name Roughan John Philip

Regiment or Unit: 14

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? John Philip Roughan

2 Where were you born? Rongahere

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 2nd April 1894

5 What is your trade or calling? Painter

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Lawrence

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? J McAra, Lawrence

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? 14th (SO) Regt

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes Lawrence

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I John Philip Roughan do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit John P Roughan

Signature of Witness illegible

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, John Philip Roughan, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Milton, NZ on this 15th day of August 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer D J T Lyttle Lieut

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of John Philip Roughan on Enlistment

Apparent age: 20 years 6 months

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 11 st 6 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 35 inches Maximum 39 inches

Complexion: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Light brown

Religious profession: RC

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6

Sight: Left eye 6

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Slight 1

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

None stated

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

17.8 1914

SIGNED A Stenhouse Capt Medical Officer

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Roughan

Christian Name: John Philip

Examined On 17 day of August, 1914

At Milton

Birthplace Town Rongahere

Country New Zealand

Declared age: 20 years 6 months

Trade or occupation Painter

Height: 5 ft 9 in

Weight 11 st 6 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 35 in Maximum expansion 39 in

Approved by A Stenhouse Capt Medical Officer Milton

Enlisted on 15 day of August 1914, at Milton

Joined on enlistment: Otago Infantry

Regimental No: 8/275

Date: 15/8/14

6 FORM – NO TITLE

Note: Very faded so figures shown below might not be correct! The dates are reasonably clear.

New Zealand 15.8.14

Egypt 3.12.14

Gallipoli 12.4.15

Malta 15.8.15

Malta 17.8.15 died of wounds

Service ranks as: NZ 39 days, Egypt 201 days, Balkans (AKA Gallipoli) 126 days; Egypt 2 days

NZ Service 39 Days

Overseas 329 days

Total NZEF service 1 year 3 days

7 PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE LETTER

Note: this is typed

The Officer in Charge

War Expenses

Defence Department

WELLINGTON

PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE

Dunedin

10.10.1919

J P Roughan 8/275

I have completed the administration of this soldier’s estate.

Please arrange for any undrawn field-pay and the Active Service gratuity to the next-of kin, viz:

Mr D J Roughan (father)

Lawrence

The person entitled to medals in accordance with the direction contained in paragraph 2 of the Royal Warrant of 11th May 1917, is apparently the same beneficiary.

Signed illegible

Local Deputy Public Trustee

Letter stamped FILE 18 Oct 1919 No ?9

8 MEMORANDUM

Note: this is typed

JJS/LK

EF 8/275 QMG (7)

MEMORANDUM FOR:

The Local Deputy Public Trustee

DUNEDIN

8/275 – Sergeant J P Roughan

In reply to your memorandum of the 2nd instant I have to state that a voucher for £1.19.0 being the balance due to the estate of the above-named deceased soldier, is being prepared and a cheque should reach you from the Treasury at an early date.

The paybook of the deceased has come to hand but the form of Will provided therein has not been executed.

Unsigned copy

Quartermaster-General

9 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: There are two of these forms partly typed – compilation follows:

No 8/275

Name John Philip Roughan

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days:

1 Service record: New Zealand; 15/8/14; 15/10/14; 62 days

1 Service record: At sea Transport No 9; 15/10/14; Disembarked Alexandria 3/12/14; 49 days

1 Service record: Egypt; 3/12/14; all else blank

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mr Dennis J Roughan Lawrence (Father)

Marital status: Single

Intended place of residence on discharge: Lawrence

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates; Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry:

Otago Infanty; Attested; Sergt; 15/8/14; Blank

Otago Infanty; Confirmed; Sergt; 8/9/14; Blank

OIR; Rej unit at Dnelles; Sgt; 14/7/15; K Richards

Written on bottom: Buried in Addolorata Cemetery Malta Grave No 660 Division East Section Ext Compartment OR&G 175 3/8382 No 6 17.8.15; Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry: F Simms

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Series 18805

Accession W5550

Box / item 97

Record 0100198

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Information on Schollum, Frederick Anton, Trooper 13/850, Auckland Mounted Rifles, A Squadron - 3rd reinforcements and then Gunner 2/850A New Zealand Field Artillery, Battery Brigade Headquarters, for you.

Note there are three regimental numbers on the file for this man i.e. ‘13/850’ when he enlisted as a Trooper on 18 December 1914 at Puhoi; and ‘2/850A’ when he transferred to the New Zealand Field Artillery as a Gunner on 30 March 1915 in Egypt. Also on one file the number ‘9/131’ is crossed out and ‘13/850’ written in its place.

This file is 52 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. A lot of this printout is duplicated and some of it is in a very poor state - sadly unreadable as many parts are just too faded to read - even with a strong magnifying glass.

In total there are seven documents (1 to 7) of interest with the usual inserts on the original file. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

There are three other Schollum’s on the Nominal Roll from Puhoi but it’s difficult to tell whether they were related or not without examining their files.

I have a photograph of this man, which I will send you.

Overview

Frederick Anton Schollum was born in Puhoi, a small settlement north of Auckland, North Island New Zealand on 12 January 1893. (The people who settled in the Puhoi area in the 1860’s were from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic.)

Frederick underwent his medical examination on 5 December 1914 at Puhoi, and while his file records that he attested at Trentham, on 10 December 1914 he “enlisted on 18 December 1914 at Trentham.” Frederick’s war service “reckons from 15 December 1914.

Frederick’s stated military experience on enlistment was as a member of 3rd Auckland Mounted Rifles, D squadron. On enlistment he joined the Auckland Mounted Rifles 3rd reinforcements with the number 13/850.

His ‘apparent age' on enlistment was 22 years.

Frederick was a ‘labourer” by ‘occupation’ living in Puhoi and working for the Rodney County Council. He was single. His next of kin was his father Wenzl Schollum, Fiddlers Hill, Puhoi. (Settlers who arrived in Puhoi from Bohemia in the 1860's often entertained themselves by dancing to the fiddle and ‘Old Michael lived on Fiddler's Hill’ is a New Zealand folk song.)

Frederick’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 168 lb. He had a “recent scar on left instep and “small scar on (his) back” and the condition of his teeth was described as “plate in top, bottom good.” His complexion was described as fair; colour of eyes blue and colour of hair light brown. His religious profession was Roman Catholic.

He left Wellington, New Zealand on HMNZT No 18 ('Tahiti') as part of the 1,719 3rd reinforcement troops. Prior to leaving New Zealand and on board the 'Tahiti' he was inoculated against typhoid – 31 January 1915 / 4 March 1915.

In Egypt on 30 March 1915, for reasons not stated in the file, he transferred to the New Zealand Field Artillery, Battery Brigade Headquarters, and took the rank Gunner and regimental number 2/850A.

On 6 July 1915 he was sent to hospital at Anzac “sick” (‘deaf’) and from here he was sent to Lemnos where on 8 July 1915 he was admitted to 1st Auckland Stationery Hospital. He was described as suffering from deafness – which must have been an occupational hazard as a gunner! He must have got sick on Lemnos because there is nothing on his file to suggest that he returned to Gallipoli but clearly he ended up in Malta where he died of enteric on 1 August 1915.

He was buried in the “Addolorata Cemetery, Malta, Grave No 654, East Section E A Camp A OR & G 145 3/8382 No 6.”

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Note this form is typed

Personal Record of Registration No 13/850

NAME SCHOLLUM FREDERICK ANTON

Regiment AMR 3rd Rfts

DIED OF ENTERIC 1.8.15

2 FIELD SERVICE Army Form B2090A

Report of Death of a Soldier to be forwarded to the War Office with the least possible delay after receipt of notification of death on Army Form B 213 or Army Form A 36 or from other official documentary sources.

Corps: NZ Field Artillery Battery Bde Hdqtrs

Regtl No: 13/850

Rank: Gunner

Name: Schollum, Frederick Anton

Died Date: 1st August 1915

Place: Malta

Cause of Death Enteric

Signature of Officer in charge of Section Adjutant-General’s Office at the Base N Fitzherbert Capt

Station and date Alexandria 5th August 1915

3 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

No 9/131 crossed out and 13/850 written in

Name Pte F A Schollum

Regiment or Unit: 3rd Rg AMR crossed out and AMR written in

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Frederick Anton Schollum

2 Where were you born? Puhoi

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? January 12th 1893 (ticked)

5 What is your trade or calling? Labourer

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Puhoi

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Rodney County Council

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

Next of Kin Mr W Schollum, Fiddlers Hill, Puhoi

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? D Sqd 3rd AMR

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes Puhoi

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Frederick Anton Schollum do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit F Schollum

Signature of Witness S C Ashton Capt

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Frederick Anton Schollum, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Trentham, NZ on this 10th day of Dec 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer H D Williams Lieut

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Fredrick Anton Schollum on Enlistment

Apparent age: 22 years

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 168 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 35 inches, Maximum 38 ½ inches

Complexion: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Light brown

Religious profession: Roman Catholic

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. Recent scar on left instep. Small scar on back

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye: Good

Sight: Left eye: Good

Hearing: Right ear: Good

Hearing: Left ear: Good

Colour vision: Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Plate in top bottom good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

None stated

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Dec 5th 1914

SIGNED M M Morrison Medical Officer

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Schollum

Christian Name: Frederick Anton

Examined On: 5th day of Dec, 1914

At: Puhoi

Birthplace Town: Puhoi

Country: New Zealand

Declared age: 22 years

Trade or occupation: Labourer

Height: 5 ft 8 in

Weight: 168 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 35 in Maximum expansion 38½ in

Approved by M Morrison Medical Officer

Enlisted on 18th day of Dec 1914, at Trentham

Joined on enlistment: AMR; Regimental No: 13/850; Date: 18.12.14

Transferred to: Fd Artillery; 2/850A; 30.3.15

5 FORM – NO TITLE

Written down left hand side of form:

Surname: Schollum

Christian Name: Frederick Anton

Information shown in order as: Station or Troopship; Date Arrival at the Station or of Embarkation; REMARKS ON NATURE OF DISEASE; Signature of Medical Officer:

Trentham; 18/12/14; Inoculated typhoid 31.1.15; Douglas Wilson

Troopship Tahiti; 13/2/15; Vaccinated 4/3/15; Campbell? Capt

6 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Note: There are three of these forms on file – compilation follows.

Regimental Number 13/850

Regiment or Corps NZ Fd Artillery BHQ

Rank Trooper

Name Schollum Fredk Anton

Enlisted (a) 15.12.14

Terms of Service (a) end of war

Service reckons from (a) 15.12.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

11/7/15; O/C Bde; Sent to hospital; Anzac; 6/7/15; Sick B213

10/7/15; 1 Auck S H; Admitted 1st Auck Stat Hosp; Lemnos; 8/7/15; Deafness A36 C2526

3/8/15; Commandant Malta; Died; Malta; 1/8/15; Enteric Cable WB777 A2154

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Stamped Entered on History Sheet 26.3.17

7 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: There are nine of these forms – compilation follows:

No 13/850

Name Schollum Frederick Anton

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days; Initials of Officer making Entry:

1 Service record: New Zealand; 15/12/14; 12.2.15; 59 days; AG

1 Service record: HMNZT No 18; 13.2.15; 26.3.15 Dis Suez; 42 days; Blank

1 Service record: Egypt; 27.3.15; all else blank

10 Name and address of next of kin: Father Wenzl Schollum Fiddlers Hill Puhoi Auckland

Intended place of residence on discharge: NZ

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 13/850

NAME: Schollum F A

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates; Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry:

A Squadron AMR; Blank; Trooper; 15/12/14; Illegible

Fd Artillery; Transferred; Blank; 30.3.15; G Avery?

NZFA; Admitted to hospital; Gunner; 6.7.15; Blank

Blank; Died enteric Malta; Gunner; 1.8.15; Blank

Buried in Addolorata Cemetery Malta Grave No 654 East Section E A Camp A OR & G 145 3/8382 No 6 ?

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Series 18805

Accession W5550

Box / item 119

Record 0102301

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Information on Settle, Fred Warner, Driver 2/736, artillery brigade ammunition column, New Zealand Field Artillery 1st Battery for you.

Note the file has confusing regimental numbers i.e. 2/736, 4/529 but ‘2/736’ is the most common reference.

The file is 20 pages long with nine files of interest labelled below 1 to 9. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

Overview

Fred Warner Settle, a Main Body man, was born in Manchester England, on 14 May 1880. He was medically examined and attested at Hamilton, New Zealand on 9 September 1914. His service reckoned from 9 September 1914. He joined on enlistment the New Zealand Field Artillery, 1st Battery with the rank of gunner and was given the regimental number 4/529. However, on the majority of forms on file he is described as regimental number 2/737 and he was a driver.

His next of kin was his sister Mrs Nell Brierley Riverston Road Wymberg, Cape Colony South Africa. However, written on the file are two other names: Miss Hilda M Pearce “Highbury” Lake Rd Frankton Junction who was the recipient of “everything possessed and likely to come to both in Post Office and anything due (him) from Govt or any other source.” Also listed is Mrs Fielding (widow remarried) c/o Mr R H Settle (elder brother) 132 Lonsdale Rd, Bolton, Lancashire, England.

Fred was single and listed his occupation as a “ traveller.” He was working for J W R Bennett, Empire Hotel, Frankton Junction, North Island, New Zealand where he was also living. He was described on enlistment as being 34 years 3 months old, 5 ft 10½ inches tall and weighed 154 lbs. His complexion was described as ‘fresh’. He had grey eyes, light brown hair and his stated religious profession was Church of England. His medical description states that he had a “small lipoma in right groin” and his teeth “false.” (A lipoma is a common, slow growing, benign tumour of fatty tissue, soft to the touch, sometimes moveable, and are generally painless.)

Prior to enlistment he had served three years in the Western Province Mounted Rifles Rifles, South Africa Kitchener’s Scouts.

He left New Zealand on HMNZT 10 ‘Arawa’ with the Main Body (8,444 troops) sailing from Wellington on 16 Oct 1914 and arrived in Alexandria 3 Dec 1914. O/C Troops Lieut Col G N Johnstone RA; Ships Master H Clayden. He is also listed in the NZEF War Diary on page cii.

In Gallipoli was wounded on 13 June 1915 and sent to Malta where he died 21 days later on 3 July 1915. He was buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta.

He was 35 years old.

Fred’s medals were to go to ‘Mrs H Pearce’ (this name is crossed out and ‘Buckley (nee Pearce) Buxton St Pt Chevalier’ written in) but the medals were returned and sent to Mrs Fielding (widow) c/o Mr R H Settle (elder brother) 132 Lonsdale Road, Bolton, Lancashire, England.

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 2/736

NAME Settle, Fred Warner

Regiment Artillery

Group: 6

Stamped “Died of wounds” 3rd July 1915

2 RECEIPT FOR MEMORIAL PLAQUE

Army Form 396

Plaque No 511799

I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF MEMORIAL PLAQUE ISSUED ON ACCOUNT OF

2/736 Fred Warner Settle

Next of kin Mrs Fielding

Signature A Fielding C/0 132 Lonsdale Rd Bolton England

IMPORTANT This receipt must be signed only by the person entitled to receive, & return to office i/c War Accts & Records Wellington

3 Short Form of Will

Note: Three copies are on file and one is typed

In the event of my death I give to

(1) Typed version

2/736 FRED WARNER SETTLE

In the event of my death I give to HILDA M PEARCE everything I possess and is likely to come to me both in Post Office and everything due from the Government or any other source.

(Sgd) F W Settle

October 22nd 1914

(2) October 22 1914

In the event of my death I leave to Hilda M Pearce “Highbury” Frankton Junction Waikato everything I possess and is likely to come to me both in Post Office and everything due from the Government or any other source.

(Sgd) F W Settle

October 22nd 1914

(3) In the event of my death I give to

(a) Hilda M Pearce

(B) everything I possess and is likely to come to me both in Post Office and everything due from the Government or any other source

Signature F W Settle

Date October 22 1914

4 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 9/736

Regiment or Corps NZ Fd Artillery 1st Battery

Rank Dvr

Name Settle, Fred Warner

Enlisted (a) 9.9.14

Terms of Service (a) period of war

Service reckons from (a) 9/9/14

Information is shown as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

13/6/15; OC 1st Btty; Sent to hospital; Dardanelles; 13/6/15; Wounded B213

3/7/15; C in C Malta; Died of wounds; Malta; 3/7/15; Cablegram WB517

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Stamped “Entered on history sheet LH 30.3.17

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

Note: Typed mostly

ATTESTATION OF

No 2/736 (4/529)

Name Fred Warner Settle

Regiment or Unit: F Art

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Fred Warner Settle

2 Where were you born? Manchester England

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 14 May 1880 ticked

5 What is your trade or calling? Traveller

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Empire Hotel Frankton Junction NZ

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? J W R Bennett, Frankton Junction NZ

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. Western Prov Mtd Rifles, S Africa Kitchener’s Scouts S Africa, total 3 yrs

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? No

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Fred Warner Settle do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit F W Settle

Signature of Witness A C Jameson SM

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Fred Warner Settle, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Hamilton, NZ on this 9th day of September 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer Looks like ‘E S Northcroft’ Capt

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Fred Warner Settle on Enlistment

Note: Typed mostly

Apparent age: 34 years 3 months

Height: 5 feet 10½ inches

Weight: 154 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 33½ inches Maximum 36¼ inches

Complexion: Fresh

Colour of eyes: Grey

Colour of hair: Light brown

Religious profession: Ch of England

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. Small lipoma in right groin

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6/6

Sight: Left eye 6/6

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? False

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination?

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Next of kin

(Sister) Mrs Nell Brierley

Riverston Road

Wymberg, Cape Colony

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Sept 9 1914

SIGNED E G Rogers Capt NZMC Medical Officer

6 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Settle

Christian Name: Fred Warner

Examined On 9th day of Sept, 1914

At Hamilton

Birthplace Town Manchester

Country England

Declared age: 34 years 3 months

Trade or occupation Traveller

Height: 5 ft 10½ in

Weight 154 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 33½ in Maximum expansion 36¼ in

Approved by E G Rogers Medical Officer

Enlisted on 9th day of Sept 1914, at Hamilton

Joined on enlistment: Fd Brs Art

Regimental No: 4/529

Date 9th/9/1914

7 Form – no title illegible

NZ Service ?4 Days

Overseas 284 days

Total NZEF service 298 days

3.7.15 DOW

8 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: NZ F A 1st Bty

Rank: Gnr

Surname: Settle

Christian Name: Fred Warner

No: 2/736

Occupation: Traveller

Religion: Ch of E

Place of Birth: Manchester

Date of Birth: 14.5.1880

Last New Zealand address: Empire Hotel Frankton Junction NZ

Last employer: J W R Bennett Frankton Junction NZ

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Mrs Nell Brierley Riverston Rd Wymberg Cape Colony. Pay book will returned in favour of Hilda M Pearce everything possessed and likely to come to both in Post Office and anything due from Govt or any other source.

Medal action

Country resident in: In case of death, country next of kin are resident in: Africa

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of wounds

Legatee and address: Miss Hilda M Pearce crossed out but address left: “Highbury” Lake Rd Frankton, Also Summit Hill Alwal Rd Wymberg Cape Colony crossed out and Mrs Fielding (widow remarried) c/o Mr R H Settle (EB) 132 Lonsdale Rd Bolton Lancashire England written in

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address Nell Brierly (Sister)

Service Medals issued:

1914 – 15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Form stamped MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 12 OCT 1923

Medals to Mrs H Pearce crossed out Buckley (nee Pearce) Buxton St Pt Chevalier written in – note medals returned from legatee and sent to widow Mrs Fielding (widow) c/o Mr R H Settle (EB) 132 Lonsdale Road Bolton Lancashire England

2/736 Gnr Settle Fred Warner

Medals to Miss Hilda Pearce Highbury Lake Rd Frankton crossed out and Mrs N M Buckley Buxton St Point Chevalier Auckland written in

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Settle Fred

Reg No 2/736

Roll No 511799

Scroll despatched (Date) 22.7.22

Plaque ticked

Recipient and address: Mrs Fielding C/o 132 Lonsdale Rd Bolton England

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 24/10/22

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Settle Fred Warner No 2/736

Regiment or Corp: FA

Died of wounds

Rank: Gnr

Date: 3.7.15

Service

NZ from 9.9.14 to 16.10.14

Foreign 16.10. 14

Wounds

AFB103 Died of wounds Malta - July 3rd 1915 - received in action at Dardanelles

BR9/2 Buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta

Died of wounds 6/7/15 - 3rd July 1915 at Malta

9 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: There are two of these forms – compilation follows:

No 2/736

Name Fred Warner Settle

Information shown as: Country; From; To; Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 9/9/14; 14/10/14; 36 days

1 Service record: HMNZT No 10; 15/10/14; 3/12/14; 50 days

1 Service record: Egypt; 4/12/14

5 Wounded Dardanelles Wounded

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mrs Nell Brierley Riverston Rd Wymberg Cape Colony

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE

Regiment of Corps: NZFA – Enlisted – Dvr - 9/9/14

Dardanelles wounded 13.6.15

Reference source

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Series 18805

Accession W5553

Box / item 8

Record 0103234

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Information on Slater, Edwin William, 8/1838 Private, Otago Infantry Battalion D Company for you.

This file is 14 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. In total there are nine main documents (1 to 9) of interest with the usual inserts on the original file. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

Overview

Edwin William Slater was born in Wolstanton England on 1st July 1877. His file lists two next of kin – his brother Mr H Slater 28 Kelling Street Wolstanton Staffordshire England and Mrs Wildigg, 28 Keeling St Wolstanton, Stoke on Trent.

Edwin Slater was single and a labourer by ‘occupation’ and prior to enlisting he was living in Union Street Milton and working for G Bichan, of Balclutha.

Edwin underwent his medical examination on 4 January 1915 at a place not stated on his record. His declared age was 37 years. He attested and enlisted at Trentham on 11 January 1915 and joined the Fourth Otago Infantry Battalion D Company as a Private with the regimental number 8/1838. It is likely that he enlisted at Milton because the attestation witness, John Stechman, was a Quartermaster Sergeant living in Milton. Edwin’s military reckoned from 11 January 1915. His prior military experience was three years with the “Vol Aut North Staff.”

Edwin was 5 feet 8½ inches tall and weighed 140 lb. His complexion was described as ‘fresh’; his colour of eyes ‘blue’, and colour of hair ‘brown’. His religious profession was Church of England. He had a distinctive “scar inside right arm near the ascilla the result of a burn.” The condition of his teeth was described as “satisfactory.” W M McCormack, Medical Officer, considered him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Edwin Slater left New Zealand sailing on HMNZT No 21 (Willochra) on 17 April 1915, arriving Suez on 25 May 1915. OC Major Childs, Ship’s Master R Neville. This ship was one of three carrying the 4th Reinforcements (2,254 troops) to Egypt. (The others were the Knight Templar -No 22- and Waitoma -No 23.) Prior to leaving New Zealand he had been inoculated against typhoid on 28 February and 7 March 1915. He was vaccinated on board the Willochra on 26 April 1915. The Willochra arrived in Suez on 25 May 1915.

The Fourth Reinforcements including Edwin Slater didn’t stay long in Egypt because they arrived in Anzac Cove on 7 June 1915. 62 days after landing Edwin was wounded on 8 August 1915 almost certainly in the attack on Chunuk Bair and he was transported on the Hospital Ship “Glasgow” to Malta and admitted to hospital on 15 August with bullet wounds to both legs and arm. His condition was described as dangerously ill on 18 August and on 2 September 1915 he died of his wounds. He had survived for 24 days after leaving Gallipoli.

He was buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta.

He was 38 years old.

File summary:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 8/1838

NAME Slater

Regiment D Company 4th reinforcements

Stamped: “Died of wounds 2nd Sept 1915”

2 Letter

Note – A typed copy mostly

PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE

WELLINGTON NZ

27/8/19

The Officer in Charge

War Expense Office

Defence Department

WELLINGTON

8/1839 E W Slater dcd

The Public Trustee has completed his administration of this soldier’s estate.

Please account for any undrawn field-pay and for the Active Service Gratuity to the executor (‘beneficiary’ cross out) under the will viz:

Mr J J Lane

Accountant

Milton

Otago

Medals should be handed to the same beneficiary, who is the (BLANK SPACE) of deceased.

Signed

Thos E Roberts

Controller,

Soldiers’ Estates Division

STAMPED “FILE 3 SEPT 1919”

3 Letter

DONALD REID

SOLICITOR

Milton, 2nd February 1916

Otago New Zealand

THE ADJUTANT GENERAL

WELLINGTON

Dear Sir

Re Private E W Slater No 8/1838

Private Slater died of wounds received at Gallipoli on 2nd September 1915, and Probate of his Will has been granted.

Before leaving Milton in January 1915, he stated that 1/- wages per day would be accumulated at Headquarters, Wellington, during his service. Will you kindly advise if there is anything to deceased’s credit, and if, what is the amount.

Yours faithfully

Donald Reid

Written “Public Trustee informed illegible etc

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

Typed mostly

ATTESTATION OF

No 8/1838

Name SLATER Edwin William

Regiment or Unit: 4th Rein OIB

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Edwin William Slater

2 Where were you born? Wolstanton England

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 1st July 1877 ticked

5 What is your trade or calling? Labourer

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Union St Milton

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? G Bichan, Balclutha

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. 3 years Vol Aut? North Staff

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where?

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? “Or inoculated” Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Edwin William Slater do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Edwin William Slater

Signature of Witness John Stechman

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Edwin William Slater, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Trentham, NZ on this 11 day of January 1915.

Signature of Attesting Officer R H Wilkinson Capt

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Slater Edwin William on Enlistment

Apparent age: 37 years – months

(To be determined according to the instructions given in the Regulations for Army Medical Service.)

Height: 5 feet 8 ½ inches

Weight: 140 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 33 inches Maximum 36 inches

Complexion: Fresh

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Brown

Religious profession: Church of England

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. Scar inside right arm near the ascilla the result of a burn

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye Normal

Sight: Left eye Normal

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Satisfactory

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? No

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Fit

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

4th Jan 1915

SIGNED W M McCormack Medical Officer

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Slater

Christian Name: Edwin William

Examined On: 4th day of Jan, 1915

At: BLANK

Birthplace Town: Wolstanton

Country: England

Declared age: 37 years

Trade or occupation: Labourer

Height: 5 ft 8 ½ in

Weight: 140 lb

Chest measurement: Minimum, 33 in Maximum expansion 36 in

Marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease:

Scar inside right arm near the ascilla the result of a burn

Approved by W M McCormack Medical Officer

Enlisted on 11th day of Jan 1915, at Trentham

Joined on enlistment: Otago Infantry

Regimental No: 8/1838

Date: 11/1/15 (17/1/15 crossed out)

6 FORM – NO TITLE

Written down left hand side of form:

Surname: Slater

Christian Name: Edwin William

Information shown in order as: Station or Troopship; Date Arrival at the Station or of Embarkation; REMARKS ON NATURE OF DISEASE; Signature of Medical Officer:

Trentham; BLANK; Inoculated Typhoid 28.2.15; Illegible

BLANK; BLANK; Inoculated Typhoid 7.3.15; Illegible

Embarked HMNZT 21; 17/4/15; BLANK; BLANK

HMNZT 21; BLANK; Vaccinated 26/4/15; W K Fyffe

7 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 8/1838

Regiment or Corps Otago Battalion 14

Rank Pte

Name Slater Edwin William

Enlisted (a) 11.1.15

Terms of Service (a) Period of war

Service reckons from (a) 11.1.15

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

15.8.15; O/C OIB; Wounded; Dardanelles; 8.8.15; B213 - 15.8.15

22.8.15; C in C Malta; Dangerously ill; Malta; 18.8.15; WB1037. A4941

16.8.15; C in C Malta; Adm to Hosp: Ex Glasgow; Malta; 15.8.15; BW, both legs Arm Roll A5690

5.9.15; C in C Malta; BLANK; Malta; BLANK; BLANK

BLANK; C in C Malta; Died of wounds; Malta; 2.9.15; Casual rept: A7165

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

STAMPED

“FILE 15 NOV 1915 CAM”

Entered on history sheet LH 7.12.16

8 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: OIB

Rank: Pte

Surname: Slater

Christian Name: Edwin William

No: 8/1838

Occupation: Labourer

Religion: C of E

Place of Birth: England

Date of Birth: 1.7.1877

Last New Zealand address: Union St Milton

Last employer: G Bichan, Balclutha

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): H Slater (brother) Wolstanton Staffordshire

Written Memo PTO 27.8.19 All medals to go to Mr J J Lane Accountant Milton Otago (Executor)

Medal action

Surname: Slater

Christian names: Edwin William

Rank at death: Pte

Reg No: 8/1838

Legatee and address: Medals to be forwarded to Mr J Lane Accountant Milton in accordance with SW 1166 of 27th August 1919 from Public Trustee

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mr H Slater (Brother) Wolstanton Staffordshire

Service Medals issued:

1914 – 25 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Slater Edwin Wm

Reg No 8/1838

Roll No 56783

Scroll despatched (Date) 15 JUL 1921

Plaque 20 MAR 1922

Recipient and address: Mr H Slater 28 Kelling Street Wolstanton Staffordshire Eng

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 1/11/22 AW?

Form stamped MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 10 OCT 1923

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Slater Edwin William No 8/1838

Regiment or Corp: OIB

Promotions, Reductions, Casualties &c: Died of wounds

Date: 2nd Sept 1915

Service

New Zealand: 11/1/15

Foreign: 17.4.15

Wounds

Wdd (Dardanelles) 8.8.15

Admtd Hos Malta ex HS Glasgow” 15.8.15

Dang ill Malta 18.8.15 BW both Legs

AFB103 Died of Wounds received in action at Gallipoli at Malta 2.9.15 Ent on HS 7.12.16

BR9/2 Buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta

Died of wounds – 56 – 15/9/15 Sept 2nd 1915

Buried in Malta – photograph of grave received illegible date

9 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note two of these forms exist – compilation follows:

No 8/1838

Name Slater Edwin William

Information shown in order as: Country; From; to; Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 11/1/15; 16/4/15; 96 days

1 Service record: Foreign; 17/4/15

5 Wounded: 8/8/15

10 Name and address of next of kin: 2 listed: Brother H Slater Wolstanton Staffordshire and Mrs Wildigg 28 Keeling St Wolstanton Stoke on Trent

Intended place of residence on discharge: New Zealand

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates

Otago Infantry; BLANK; Private; 11/1/15

Otago Infantry; Wounded; Private; 8/8/15

Reference source

Agency AABK

Series 18805

Accession W5553

Box / item 31

Record 0105561

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Information on Shannon, Ernest Arthur; 8/2726 Pte Otago Infantry Battalion, 8 Coy D Section, 6th reinforcements for you.

There are 25 pages on this master file with 10 files (1 – 10) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations / spellings are as recorded on the file.

Overview

Ernest Arthur Shannon was born in Hokitika, South Island, New Zealand on 15 June 1894.

He underwent his medical examination on 9 April 1915; place not given, enlisted and attested on 18 April 1915 at Trentham. His service reckons from 17 April 1915. On enlistment he was living at 6 Reed Road South Dunedin and he joined the Otago Infantry Battalion, 8 Coy D Section, 6th Reinforcements as Private No 8/2726. He stated on his attestation form that prior to enlisting his previous military service was as a member of the “Railway Engineers” and he was still serving at the time of enlistment.

His ‘apparent age' on enlistment was 21 years. Ernest was a ‘cleaner’ by occupation’ working for the New Zealand Railways. He was single.

Ernest’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 140 lb. His complexion was described as “dark”, colour of eyes “dark green,” and colour of hair “dark brown.” He had a distinctive small scar on the front of his left thigh. Thomas Fergus, Medical Officer, who confirmed that Ernest was “fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force” described the condition of Ernest’s teeth as “good.”

Ernest’s religious profession was Methodist. His next of kin was Mrs J (Emma) Johnstone North Revell Street Hokitika. Ernest had a full brother, Percy William Mereweather Shannon of Hokitika, engineer and two half brothers: John Murdoch Sydney Mereweather Johnstone of Hokitika, 11 years old, and Frank Herbert Johnstone of Hokitika aged 6 years.

Ernest left New Zealand on HMNZT No 27 (‘Willochra’) on 14 August 1915 and arrived in Suez on 19 September 1915. Prior to departure he had been inoculated against typhoid on the 2 and 9 May 1915. On his journey to Egypt he was hospitalised with the measles for 22 days (16 June 1915 to 7 July 1915.) While on board ship he was promoted to Lance Corporal. The 6th reinforcements were sent from Egypt to Lemnos where Ernest joined the rest of the Otago Battalion on 1 October 1915 at Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, and ‘reverted to ranks.’ (Sarpi Rest Camp in Mudros, Lemnos was where the Battalion had been removed from Gallipoli for a well-earned rest and light training.)

However, on 9 November 1915 Ernest would have left with the Otago Infantry Battalion and returned to Gallipoli.

(The 6th reinforcements – and I quote Chris Pugsley’ Gallipoli The New Zealand Story, page 333: “marked the end of war service for most of the Main Body of NZEF who had sailed from New Zealand in the heady days 12 months before. Already 2,500 New Zealanders were dead, 2,233 had returned to New Zealand by the end of October permanently unfit for further active service, and thousands were in hospital or convalescing. The new arrivals who replaced the veterans of Anzac had very little awareness of what had gone before. Little was said. The history of the campaign was visible in the eyes of the survivors and in their obvious physical exhaustion. There was a distance between the survivor engrossed in the miracle of living, and the still enthusiastic reinforcement. For newcomers, the other measures of the campaign was the disintegrating mounds of mummified bodies on the seaward slopes of Chunuk Bair.”)

Just on two weeks later on 22 November 1915 Ernest was sent to hospital from Durrant's Gully (the gully that housed the corps and divisional headquarters and Birdwood’s was established during the August fighting and named after Major J M A Durrant an officer in the 4th Australian Infantry Brigade.) Ernest was sent to Malta where he was reported on 1 December 1915 as “dangerously ill” and he died there of dysentery on 2 December 1915. He is buried in Pieta Cemetery. Ernest’s time on Gallipoli fighting for King and Country had been brief.

Ernest Arthur Shannon was 21 years old.

Details:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 8/2726

NAME Shannon Ernest

Regiment OI D Coy 6th reinforcements

2 FIELD SERVICE Army Form B2090A

Note: This file is typed mostly

Report of Death of a Soldier to be forwarded to the War Office with the least possible delay after receipt of notification of death on Army Form B 213 or Army Form A 36 or from other official documentary sources.

Regiment or Corps: Otago Inf Bn

Squadron Troop, Battery or Company: 8th

Regtl No: 8/2726

Rank: Private

Name: SHANNON Ernest Arthur

Died Date: 2nd December 1915

Place: Malta

Cause of Death: Dysentery

Signature of Officer in charge of Section Adjutant-General’s Office at the Base N Fitzherbert Major

Station and date Alexandria December 10th 1915

3 FORM OF DECLARATION (JP – 50)

Note: This file is typed mostly

Insert place of abode and occupation

Insert fact

Affix

2s 6d

stamp

I, EMMA JOHNSTONE,

Of HOKITKA, WESTLAND, married woman, do solemnly and sincerely declare that

1 I am the mother of 8/2726, Ernest A Shannon, a deceased soldier.

2 The said deceased was not married.

3 I do not intend taking out letters of administration.

4 I am a married woman.

5 To the best of my knowledge, information and belief there is no will or other testamentary document in existence.

6 The order marked “A” attached hereto has been received from Percy William Mereweather Shannon of Hokitika, engineer, a full brother of the deceased.

7 The half brothers of the ceased, namely John Murdoch Sydney Mereweather Johnstone of Hokitika, minor, and Frank Herbert Johnstone of Hokitika, minor, and aged respectively 11 years and 6 years, reside with me, and have supplied the orders attached, marked “B” and “C.”

and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of an Act of the General Assembly of New Zealand intitled “The Justices of the Peace Act, 1882.”

Declared at HOKITIKA

This 24th day of November

One thousand nine hundred and

Sixteen, before me

Signed Emma Johnstone

Illegible Justice of the Peace

4 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number: 8/27726

Regiment or Corps: Otago Battalion 8th

Rank: Pte

Name: Shannon Ernest Arthur

Enlisted (a): 17.4.15

Terms of Service (a): Period of war

Service reckons from (a): 17.4.15

Information recorded in order as: Date; From Whom Received; Place of Casualty; Date of Casualty:

3/10/15; O/C OIB; Joined unit & posted to; Sarpi Camp; 1.10.15

BLANK; BLANK; 8th Coy Reverting to ranks; Mudros; BLANK

28/11/15; O/C OIB; Sent to hosp (sick); Durrants Gully, 22.11.15

2/12/15; Commandant Malta; Died of dysentery; Malta; 2.12.15

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

STAMPED

“FILE 15 NOV 1915 CAM”

“Entered on history sheet LH 30.3.17”

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

Note this form is typed mostly

ATTESTATION OF

No 8/2726

Name Shannon Ernest Arthur

Regiment or Unit: BLANK

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Ernest Arthur Shannon

2 Where were you born? Hokitika

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 15.6.94 ticked

5 What is your trade or calling? Cleaner

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? 6 Reed Road South Dunedin

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? NZ Railways

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? Railway Engineers

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. Still serving

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes Hokitika

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes also written is “Willing to be inoculated” initialled “ES”

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Ernest Arthur Shannon do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit E A Shannon

Signature of Witness Geo L Bishop

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Ernest Arthur Shannon, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Trentham, NZ on this 18 day of April 1915.

Signature of Attesting Officer Thomas Watson 2nd Lieut

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Ernest Arthur Shannon on Enlistment

Apparent age: 21 years - months

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 140 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 34 inches Maximum 38 inches

Complexion: Dark

Colour of eyes: Dk Green

Colour of hair: Dk Brown

Religious profession: Methodist

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. Small scar front left thigh

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6/6

Sight: Left eye 6/6l

Hearing: Right ear Good

Hearing: Left ear Good

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good

Has he ever had a fit? No

Has he had any previous illness? No

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Small left

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? No

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Fit

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

April 9th 1915

SIGNED Thos Fergus Medical Officer

6 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Shannon

Christian Name: Ernest Arthur

Examined On: 9 day of April 1915

At: BLANK

Birthplace Town: Hokitika

Country: NZ

Declared age: 21 years

Trade or occupation: Cleaner

Height: 5 ft 7 in

Weight 140 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 34 in Maximum expansion 38 in

Marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease:

Approved by Medical Officer Thos Fergus

Enlisted on 17 day of April 1915, at Trentham

Joined on enlistment: D Coy 6th

Regimental No: 8/2726

Date: 17/4/15

7 FORM – NO TITLE

Written down left hand side of form:

Surname: Shannon

Christian Name: Ernest Arthur

Information shown in order as: Station or Troopship; Date Arrival at the Station or of Embarkation; Admission into Hospital; Discharge from Hospital; Disease; Number of Days in Hospital; Remarks on nature of disease:

Trentham; BLANK; BLANK; BLANK; BLANK; BLANK; Inoculated 2 May 15

Trentham; BLANK; BLANK; BLANK; BLANK; BLANK; Inoculated 9 May 15

Embarked No 27 (Willochra); 14 August 1915; 16.6.15; 7.7.15; Measles; 22 days

8 FORM – NO TITLE

Very faded but contains some key dates:

Egypt up to 18/3/16: 9.9.15; 22.11.15

Mudros, Lemnos: 29.9.15

2.12.15: DOD

NZ Service: 119 Days

Overseas: 230 days

9 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: OIB

Rank: Pte

Surname: Shannon

Christian Name: Ernest Arthur

No: 8/2726

Occupation: Cleaner

Religion: Methodist

Place of Birth: Hokitika

Date of Birth: 15.6.1894

Last New Zealand address: 6 Reed Road South Dunedin

Last employer: NZ Railways

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Mrs J Johnstone (mother) North Revell St Hokitika

Medal action

Rank at death: Pte

Reg No: 8/2726

Casualty or reason for discharge: died of sickness

Legatee and address: No will on file

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address Mrs J Johnstone (mother) Nrth Revell St Hokitika

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: as above

Service Medals issued:

· 1914 – 25 Star

· British War Medal

· Victory Medal

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Shannon Ernest Arthur

Reg No: 8/2726

Roll No: 511828

Scroll despatched (Date): 29 JUN 1921

Plaque: 25 NOV 1921

Recipient and address: Mrs J Johnstone Revell St Hokitika

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 24/10/22 AW?

Form stamped MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 12 OCT 1923

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES

Information shown in order as: Regiment or Corp; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties &c; Rank; Date:

OIB; BLANK; Pte; 17.4.15

OIB; Promoted; L Cpl; 5.7.15

Service

New Zealand: from 17/4/15 to 14.8.15

Foreign: from 14.8.15 – all else blank

Sick

Cable No 699 Malta, entered on file - dated 4.12.15; Dangerously ill dysentery Dec 1st

AFB103 Died of dysentery at Malta Dec 2nd 1915 Ent on HS 30.3.17

BR9/2 Buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta

Died of sickness – 699 – Malta 4.12.15 Died Dec 2nd

Buried in Malta – photograph of grave received illegible date

10 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: Four of these forms exists – compilation follows

No 8/2726

Name Shannon Ernest Arthur

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days:

1 Service record: New Zealand; 17/4/15; 13/8/15; 119 days

1 Service record: Foreign; 14 Aug 1915; all else blank

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mother Mrs J Johnstone Nt Revell St Hokitika

Intended place of residence on discharge: New Zealand

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 8/2726 NAME: Shannon E A

Information shown in order as: Regiment or Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates; Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry:

D Coy 6th; BLANK; Private; 17.4.15; BLANK

D Coy 6th; Promotion to; Lance corporal; 5/7/15; BLANK

Embarked; 14 Aug 1915 No 27 Willochra; BLANK; BLANK; BLANK

8th Coy; Joined unit at Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, reverted to ranks; Pte; 1.10.15; K Richards

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Information on Shrimpton, Hugh Robert, Private 3/106A New Zealand Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance for you.

There are 12 pages on this master file with eight files (1 – 8) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations / spellings are as recorded on the file. I have a photograph of this man, which I will send you.

Overview

Hugh Robert Shrimpton was born in Amberley, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand on 18 January 1894.

He underwent his medical examination on 13 August 1914 in Christchurch, New Zealand; enlisted and attested on 15 August 1914 at Christchurch. He was living at 19 Berry Street St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand. Hugh joined the New Zealand Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance (Main Body) as Private No 3/106A. He stated on his attestation form that on enlisting he was a member of the “No 3 Field Ambulance”. Hugh’s service reckons from 15 August 1914. The attesting Officer was Lieut-Col Percival Clennell Fenwick, a well-known doctor, who had served in South African and on his return to New Zealand after WW1 wrote a very interesting book – Gallipoli Diary 24 April to 27 June 1915 – well worth reading.

Hugh’s ‘apparent age' on enlistment was 20 years. He was a ‘mill-hand’ by occupation’ working for Mr S McMurray c/o Williams Stephens Christchurch. Hugh was single. His medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 9½ inches tall and weighed 150 lb. His complexion was described as “dark”, colour of eyes “blue,” and colour of hair “dark.” Major C T H Newton, Medical Officer, who confirmed on 13 August 1914 that Hugh was “fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force” described the condition of Hugh’s teeth as “good.” Hugh’s religious profession was Church of Christ. His next of kin was his mother Mrs F (Bessie) Shrimpton, 44 Disraeli Street, Addington, Christchurch. She is also listed as living at 308 Selwyn Addington Christchurch New Zealand. She was the sole beneficiary of his will and received his medals and £26 pa according to his file. Hugh’s father Frank was deceased.

Hugh left Wellington, New Zealand on HMNZT No 3 (‘Maunganui’) on 16 October 1914 and arrived in Alexandria on 3 December 1914. (The ‘Maunganui’ carried the Headquarters Staff of the NZ Expeditionary Force - OC Colonel E W C Chaytor, Ship’s Adjutant Capt N W B B Thoms.)

After spending time in camp at Zeitoun he departed for Mudros, Lemnos on (probably) the ‘Goslar’ with the rest of the Field Ambulance and landed at Anzac on 25 April 1915. While Hugh’s file doesn’t record the name of the transport from Alexandria to Gallipoli a review of Major Fred Waite’s “The New Zealanders at Gallipoli,” suggest this to be a possibility. Perhaps a pal can clarify this further.

On 31 August 1915 Hugh was admitted to hospital at Anzac and according to Richard Stowers in “Bloody Gallipoli” (Page 359) evacuated to Malta aboard the Hospital Ship Scotian. The name of this hospital ship does not appear on Hugh’s file. Hugh arrived in Malta on 10 September 1915 where his condition was described as “dangerously ill” by the Commandant Malta on 21 September 1915. Eight days later Hugh died of enteric in Imtarfa Hospital, Malta on 29 September 1915 and was buried according to his file in Pieta Cemetery grave no 3, row 16B.

Hugh Robert Shrimpton was 21 years old.

Details

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 3/106A

NAME Shrimpton Hugh Robert

Regiment Ambulance

Group: 6

2 Short Form of Will

This is a typed copy

In the event of my death I give to

(a) Mrs Bessie Shrimpton

(B) All my belongings

Signature H R Shrimpton

Date Feb 1st 1915

Stamped

I HEREBY certify that this document is an accurate copy of the will of H R Shrimpton typed by A B Taylor 2nd August 1916.

Written “This is a true copy of deceased’s will N A Baird”

Stamped Public Trustee Office 3 Aug 1916 Christchurch NZ

3 War Pensions

10 Dec 1915

The Officer in Charge

Expeditionary Force Base Records

An application for War Pensions for a/c the undermentioned soldier has been dealt with as indicated.

Regimental No 3/106

Name Hugh R Shrimpton Decd

Decision £26 pa granted to mother Bessie

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

No 3/106A

Name Hugh Robert Shrimpton

Regiment or Unit: BLANK

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Hugh Robert Shrimpton

2 Where were you born? Amberley

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? Jan 18th 1894

5 What is your trade or calling? Mill hand

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? BLANK

7 What was the address at which you last resided? 19 Berry St St Albans

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Mr S McMurray c/o Williams Stephens Chch

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No 3 F A

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. BLANK

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes Chch

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Hugh Robert Shrimpton do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Hugh R Shrimpton

Signature of Witness P Clennell Fenwick Lieut-Col

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Hugh Robert Shrimpton, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Chch, NZ on this BLANK day of 15/8/14

Signature of Attesting Officer P Clennell Fenwick

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Hugh Robert Shrimpton on Enlistment (Ambulance)

Apparent age: 20 years - months

Height: 5 feet 9 ½ inches

Weight: 150 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 35½ inches Maximum 37 inches

Complexion: Dark

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Dark

Religious profession: Church of Christ

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye Normal

Sight: Left eye Normal

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Blank

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

13/8/14

SIGNED C T Hand Newton Medical Officer

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: SHRIMPTON

Christian Name: Hugh Robert

Examined On 13th day of Aug, 1914

At Chch NZ

Birthplace Town Amberley

Country NZ

Declared age: 20 years

Trade or occupation Mill-hand

Height: 5 ft 9½ in

Weight 150 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 35½ in Maximum expansion 37 in

Physical development: Normal

Approved by (sd) C T H Newton Major Medical Officer

Enlisted on 15th day of August 1914, at Chch NZ

Joined on enlistment: Mtd Ambulance

Regimental No: 3/106A

Date: 15.8.14

6 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 3/106A

Regiment or Corps Mtd Field Ambulance

Rank Pte

Name Shrimpton Hugh Robert

Enlisted (a) 15.8.14

Terms of Service (a) end of war

Service reckons from (a) 15.8.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

5.9.10; Major Thomas; Admitted to Hosp; Anzac; 31.8.15; Enteritis B213

10.9.15; N Roll; Admitted to Hosp x section; Malta; 10.9.15; Enteric A10782

26.9.15; Commandant Malta; Dangerously ill; Malta; 21.9.15; A10629

30.9.15; Malta; Died of Enteric; Malta; 29.9.15; N Roll A11970 Cablegram WB1785

Signed N Fitz Herbert Major OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Stamped “entered on history sheet” LH 30.3.17

7 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: Ambulance Mtd Field Amb

Rank: Pte

Surname: Shrimpton

Christian Name: Hugh Robert

No: 3/106A

Occupation: Mill hand

Religion: Ch of Christ

Place of Birth: Amberley

Date of Birth: 18.1.1894

Last New Zealand address: 19 Berry St St Albans Chch

Last employer: Mr S McMurray

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Mrs F Shrimpton 44 Disraeli St Addington (Mother) Christchurch

Written: Copy of will received in favour of Mrs Bessie Shrimpton

Medal action

Rank on death: Pte

Reg No: 3/106A

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of sickness

Legatee and address: Mrs Bessie Shrimpton (Mother) 44 Disraeli St Addington Chch

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address (as above)

Form stamped: MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 11 Oct 1923

Service Medals issued:

· 1914 – 25 Star

· British War Medal

· Victory Medal

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Shrimpton High Robt

Reg No: 3/106A

Roll No: 511948

Scroll despatched (Date): 30 JUN 1921

Plaque: 21 Nov 1921

Recipient and address: Mrs Shrimpton 44 Disraeli St Addington Chch

Written down left hand side “cert posted 30/10/22 AWE”

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Shrimpton Hugh Robert No 3/106A

Regiment or Corp: Amb

Rank: Pte

Service

NZ: from 15.8.14; to 16.10.14

Foreign: 16.10.14

Sick

AFB103 (Entered in H S 30.3.17) Died of enteric in Imtarfa Hospital Malta Sept 29 1915

Buried in Pieta Cemetery grave no 3 row 16B

Died of enteric 29.9.15 at Malta

8 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

No 3/106A

Name Hugh Robert Shrimpton

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days; Initials of Officer making Entry:

1 Service record: NZ; 15.8.14; 14.10.14; 61 days; C E T

1 Service record: At sea HMNZT Maunganui; 15.10.14 (note should be 16 Oct); 3.12.14; 50 days; C E T

1 Service record: Egypt; 4.12.14; all else blank

5 Wounded: Dangerously ill Malta 21.9.15

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mrs F Shrimpton 308 Selwyn Street, Addington, Christchurch N Z

Intended place of residence on discharge: 19 Berry St St Albans Chch NZ

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 3/106A NAME: Hugh Robert Shrimpton

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates:

NZA; Attested; Pte; 15.8.14

NZA; Dangerously ill Malta; 21.9.15

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Hi Wayne

Just to advise that I'm not slacking...... but I am having difficulty with some of the remaining files because of their state i.e partial, faded beyond belief etc. I will finish the job though.

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I've reviewed the other file on MILES, 8/600 Private, Arthur, Otago Infantry Battalion for you and there is nothing new to report. Well there are 11 to go to complete the list - will start posting results shortly.

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Zack,

No need to worry about the time factor to complete the list. The important thing is that we get there in the end, and I can complete my detailed Roll of Honour of First World War Anzac troops buried on Malta. Needless to say, this task would have been impossible without your most generous offer to supply the information requested.

Infiniate thanks & regards

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Information on Private Joseph Henry Randall, 10/1624 Wellington Infantry Battalion 17th Ruahine Coy, 3rd Reinforcements for you.

The file on Private Joseph Henry Randall, 10/1624 is 14 pages print out from microfilm with 7 documents of interest (1 – 7). The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

Overview

Joseph Henry Randall was born in Tasmania (Burney) on 2 December 1887. (Burnie (note spelling) is a port city on the northwest coast of Tasmania. Originally known as Emu Bay the town was renamed for William Burnie - a director of the Van Diemen’s Land Company in the early 1840s).

Joseph attested at Trentham, New Zealand on 30 December 1914. On enlistment he joined the Wellington Infantry Battalion (17th Ruahine Coy), 3rd reinforcements. His service, for reasons not covered by his file, reckons from 15 December 1914.

His apparent age on enlistment was 27 years 2 months old. He was a labourer by trade and lived prior to enlistment at Oxford Street Levin, North Island New Zealand. His last employer prior to enlisting was R Robertson, Tasmania.

He was single, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed 174 lbs, was of ruddy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and his religious profession was Church of England. While two descriptions, dated 7 December 1914 and 11 Februrary 1915 are on file the data on both is consistent and it is not clear as to why there are two medical descriptions. His medical examination on enlistment was ‘normal’ in most respects, including his teeth, which were described as “good / sufficient.” It is it is noted on 7 December 1914 that he had “slight kyphosis” (i.e. curvature of the upper spine.) The Medical Officer, W K Fyffe noted the “slight kyphosis” and the medical description was signed out by Lieutenant-Colonel Turin on 7 December 1914. On 11 February 1915 Joseph was described as “fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.”

His next of kin was his brother - George Randall (Brother) Zeehan Tasmania. (Zeehan is a town on the west coast of Tasmania Australia. It lies 150 km south-west of Burnie, and has a population of 1132 (1991 census). The town was named after Abel Tasman's brig Zeehaen.) Joseph’s brother is also listed on the file as living at 27 McQuarrie Street Hobart, Tasmania and another address Mole Creek, Loatta (sp?) Tasmania is crossed out. Joseph’s medals went to Mr G Randall 37 Macquarie St Hobart Tasmania.

Joseph’s file doesn’t record on which transport he left New Zealand but he was in the 3rd reinforcements. These troops left New Zealand in three transports on 14 February 1915. The 3rds arrived Suez on 26 March 1915. According to his file Joseph landed in Gallipoli on 5 May 1915 – this is more likely the 6 May when the 3rd reinforcements were sent to Helles to join the 2nd Battle for Krithia. It needs to be noted that the only file evidence that places Joseph on Gallipoli is the date 5 May 1915. No other reference to Gallipoli is contained in his file. On 16 July, 72 days later, Joseph was admitted to No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital on Mudros suffering from diarrhoea. Such was his condition that he was transferred on 20 July 1915 from Mudros via the Hospital Ship “Neuralia” to Malta where he was admitted to Imtarfa Hospital where his condition was described on 25 July 1915 as “dysentery (slight).” However, Joseph died from dysentery on 21 August 1915. He was buried in Pieta Cemetery, Malta.

He was 27 year, 9 months old at his death.

The file details are:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 10/1624

NAME Randall Joseph

Regiment WI 3rd Reinforcements

2 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

Note: 3 of these forms exist– one is blank, one faded, and one ok to read.

ATTESTATION OF

No 10/1624

Name Randall Joseph

Regiment or Unit: WIB 3rd R

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Joseph Randall

2 Where were you born? Tasmania (Burney)

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 2 Dec 1887

5 What is your trade or calling? Labourer

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Oxford St Levin

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Looks like “R Robertson” Tasmania

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? No

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Joseph Randall do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Joseph Randall

Signature of Witness Wm J Brown

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Joseph Randall, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Trentham, NZ on this 30 day of December 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer D A Drow (sp?) Lieut

Description of Randall Joseph on Enlistment

Note: 2 of these forms exist – compilation follows – one is dated Dec 7th 1914 and one dated Feb 11 1915.

Apparent age: 27 years 2 months

Height: 5 feet 10 inches

Weight: 174 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 36 inches Maximum 40 inches

Complexion: Ruddy

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Brown

Religious profession: Ch of England

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. None

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6/6

Sight: Left eye 6/6

Hearing: Right ear Good

Hearing: Left ear Good

Colour vision Good

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes Slight kyphosis Dec 7 1914

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good / “Yes sufficient Dec 7 1914”

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes / “no showing Dec 7 1914”

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No / “Slight kyphosis Dec 7 1914”

Remarks

Fit

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Feb 11th 1915

SIGNED W K Fyffe Medical Officer

Dec 7th 1914 Medical description on enlistment signed out by Turin Lt Col

3 RECEIPT FOR MEMORIAL PLAQUE

Plaque No 510911 Army Form 396

I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF MEMORIAL PLAQUE ISSUED ON ACCOUNT OF

10/1624 Joseph Randall

Next of kin

Mr G Randall

Address

37 McQuarrie St Hobart Tasmania

IMPORTANT This receipt must be signed only by the person entitled to receive, & return to office i/c War Accts & Records Wellington

RECEIPT

Received from the Officer-in-Charge

War Accounts and Records Office, Memorial Scroll relative to

Date 6 March 1923

Signature G C Randall

4 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 10/1624

Regiment or Corps Wellington Infantry Btn (17th Rua Coy)

Rank Pte Name Randall Joseph

Enlisted (a) 15/12/14

Terms of Service (a) duration of war

Service reckons from (a) 15/12/14

Data is shown in order as: Date; From Whom Received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; and Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

17.7.15; No 2 Aust Staty Hosp; Adm No 2 Aust Staty Hospl; Mudros; 16.7.15; Diarrhoea A36 C2465

24.7.15; No 2 Aust Staty Hosp; Transferred to; Base Malta; 20.7.15; Diarrhoea A36 C2648 on HS “Neuralia”

25.7.15; H S Neuralia; Disembarked Neuralia & adm Imtarfa Hosp; Malta; 25.7.15; Dysentery (slight)

25.8.15; Cable from WB1107 Commandant; Died from Dysentery; Malta; 21.8.15; Cable (A5155) WB1107 Cabled 31.8.15

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

FORM STAMPED “FILE 18 NOV 1915 C.A.M”

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

No 10/1624

Name Randall Joseph

Information shown in order as: Country; Date from: (all else is blank)

1 Service record: NZ; 15/12/14

10 Name and address of next of kin: George Randall (brother) Zeehan Tasmania

Intended place of residence on discharge: NZ

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE

Regiment of Corps Wgtn

Rank Pte

Dates 15/12/14

Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry: W Saunders Cooper

6 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: NZRB

Rank: Pte

Surname: Randall

Christian Name: Joseph

No: 10/1624

Occupation: Labourer

Religion: C of England

Place of Birth: Tasmania

Date of Birth: 2.12.1887

Last New Zealand address: Oxford St Levin

Last employer: R Robertson

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): George Randall (Brother) Zeehan Tasmania

Medal action

Surname: Randall

Christian names: Joseph

Rank at death: Private

Highest rank held:

Reg No: 10/1624

Casualty or reason for discharge: died of disease

Legatee and address: No evidence of a will

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mr G Randall (B) 27 McQuarrie St Hobart. Mole Creek Loatta Tasmania crossed out

Service medals issued:

1. 1914 – 15 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

FORM STANPED “MEDAL ACTION COMPLETED 26 OCT 1923”

Service

Information shown in order as: Date from; Date to

Country or Troopship: NZ; 15.12.14; 14.2.15

Country or Troopship: Foreign; 14.2.15; BLANK

Sick

Army Form103 28.8.15 Died from dysentery Malta 21.8.15 (Cable A5155) WB1109

Buried in Pieta Cemetery

Died of sickness 21.8.15 Died of dysentery Malta

Medals to Mr G Randall 37 Macquarie St Hobart Tasmania

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Randall Joseph

Reg No 10/1624

Roll No 510911

Scroll despatched (Date) 16 APRIL 1923

Plaque 18/9/22

Recipient and address: Mr G Randall 37 Macquarie St Hobart Tasmania – crossed out: Engine Driver Mole Creek Loatta Tasmania

Written on top left hand side “Cert posted 13.10.22”

7 Form - no title

Note this form is almost impossible to read but it does show the Gallipoli 5.5.15 key date though

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Record 0095840

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Information on Te Rewa Ngore William Mangaroa, 16/400, New Zealand Maori Contingent for you.

There are 15 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm on this file with only four files (1 – 4) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file. The quality of the file is very poor in terms of readability; and the ‘interpretation’ of the spelling is mine and hence all the errors created are mine! Unfortunately all of the following documents are blank in this file:

· Description on Enlistment

· Medical Examination

· New Zealand Expeditionary Force Medical History (Form No 4)

However, I have a photo of this man, which I will send you.

Overview

Te Rewa Ngore William Mangaroa was born in Kawuki, King Country, New Zealand on 20 August 1894.

His last New Zealand address was Kakahi, a small settlement near Taumarunui, King Country, North Island, New Zealand. His next of kin is listed as brothers: Thompson Mangaroa / Mahia Mangaroa (since deceased); and sisters: Mrs Keepa Kakani Hawika and Mrs te Akau Punga Punga Mamunui - all living in Taumarunui. His legal next of kin was Kahu Mangaroa (elder sister) Kakahi, Main Trunk Line, North Island New Zealand.

Ngore was a ‘student’ by occupation and yet states on his file that he worked for G H Thompson, Taumarunui, North Island, New Zealand. He was single and while his file doesn’t record any medical or physical description of him it records his religion as Presbyterian. Also unfortunately the file doesn’t record where Ngore underwent his medical examination but it is recorded that he ‘attested’ and enlisted at Avondale Military Camp (near Auckland) New Zealand on 12 November 1914. On enlistment he joined, as a private No 16/400, the New Zealand Maori Contingent Infantry Battalion. For some reason his service reckons from 21 October 1914. His prior his prior military experience is recorded as being two years with the 81 Reg Taranaki Rifles. He would have been 20 years and 2 months on enlistment.

He left New Zealand on HMNZT 20 (‘Warrimoo’) with the 1st Maori (515 troops) on 14 February 1915 and disembarked Suez 26 March 1915 although his file doesn’t record this fact but the hard copy nominal does. (OC Troops Captain W T Pitt; Ship’s Master A M Edwin.) (See Private Albert Downes (16/508) summary for description in James Cowan’s book Maoris in the Great War for the departure from New Zealand of Ngore’s battalion. Ngore is listed in this book’s Roll of Honour.)

Ngore’s file is silent on when would have landed on Gallipoli. The Maori Contingent as with Private Downes on arrival at Anzac was attached to the New Zealand Mounted Brigade and was sent to No 1 Outpost, which became known as the “Maori Pa.” They were put to work enlarging the sap from the base of Walker’s ridge out to No 2 Outpost so that it would be wide enough to take mules. In early August 1915 the Maori Contingent including Ngore Mangaroa were involved in the battle of Sari Bair AKA Chunuk Bair.

On or about 11 August 1915 Ngore received a gunshot wound to his right ankle / leg and was sent to hospital at Anzac Cove. Fighting was particularly fierce at this time in the August Offensive and it would have taken a little time for Ngore to either get himself or be carried to Anzac Cove. He was transferred from hospital at Anzac to the SS Gilford Castle and then again to SS Andania on 15 August 1915 for reasons not stated on the file. At this time his wound is described as “slight.” SS Andania conveyed Ngore to Malta where he was initially admitted to St David’s hospital on 21 August 1915. He must have recuperated from the wound because by the start of September 1915 he was admitted to the Maori convalescent camp at Ghain Tuffhia, Malta. (Note there is a photo of this camp in Cowan.) However, by 22 December 1915 he was admitted to St Andrews Hospital and described as “dangerously ill” with pleurisy. Eight days later Ngore died of pleurisy following a gunshot wound to his right ankle on 30th Dec 1915 in St Andrews Hospital Malta. He was buried by Captain H Glew on 31 December 1915 in the Pieta Cemetery, Malta, No 2, Row 4C. His medals were sent to Kahu Mangaroa (GO) Kakahi, Main Trunk, on 4 October 1921.

Ngore was 21 years and 4 months of age at the time of his death.

The file details are:

1 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: Maori

Rank: Pvte

Surname: Mangaroa

Christian Name: Ngore William

No: 16/400

Occupation: Student

Religion: Presbyt

Place of Birth: Kawuki

Date of Birth: Aug 20 1894

Last New Zealand address: Kakaki

Last employer: G H Thompson Taumarunui

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Thompson Mangaroa / Mahia Mangaroa brothers and Mrs Kia H Keepa and Mrs te Akau sisters All at Taumarunui Legal NOK Kahu Mangaroa (ES) Kakahi Main Trunk Line

Medal action

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of illness

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address T Mangaroa / M Mangaroa (since deceased) brothers Mrs K Keepa Kakani Hawika and Mrs te Akau Punga Punga Mamunui sisters

Service Medals issued

1. 1914 – 25 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

Service

Information shown in order as: date from; date to:

Country or Troopship: NZ: 21.10.14; 13.2.15

Country or Troopship: Foreign; 14.2.15

Wounds

Information shown in order as: Date; Where soldier located; Message and Remarks:

11.9.15; Malta; Ship Andania – slight

12.8.15; Anzac; Sent to hosp wnd

15.8.15; BLANK; Trans to SS Andania 15.8.15

21.8.15; Malta; Sent to Hosp 21.8.15

21.8.15; Malta; Adm to Hosp 21.8.15

2 or 1.9.15; Malta; Adm to Ghain Tuffhia Conv Camp Malta Dec 22nd (note date shown in other part of file is 1 Sept)

Sick

Information shown in order as: Date; Place; Message:

23.12.15; Malta; Dang ill St Andrews Hos pleurisy

28.12.15; Malta; Dang ill St Andrews Hos Dec 26th

AFB103 Died of pleurisy following GS Wnd ankle 30th Dec 1915 in St Andrews Hosp Malta (ent 30.3.17)

Died of sickness 867 1.1.16 Dang ill Dec 22nd now died of Pleurisy Dec 30th Malta

Grave sites reprts 14 Oct 15 Died of pleurisy Malta 30/12/15. Cap H Glew buried 31/12/15 M Pieta Cemetery Malta No 2 Row 4C

Adv re medals aut to Kahu Mangaroa (GO) Kakahi Main Trunk 4/10/21

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Mangaroa Ngore Wm

Reg No: 16/400

Roll No: 508722

Scroll despatched (Date): 9 JUL 1921

Plaque: 18 FEB 1922

Recipient and address: Kahu Mangaroa, Kakahi, Main Trunk

Written down left hand side “cert posted 5.10.22 GRB”

2 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 16/400

Regiment or Corps NZ Maori Contingent

Rank Private

Name Mangaroa Ngore William

Enlisted (a) 21.10.14

Terms of Service (a) term of war

Service reckons from (a) 21.10.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; and Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

14/5/15; O/C; Sent To hospital wounded; Anzac; 12/8/15; B213 Report no 6 15/5/15

13/8/15; SS Gilford Castle; Transf to SS Andania; BLANK; 15/8/15; A36 A4512 GSW rt ankle

21/8/15; HS Andania; Sent to hospital; Malta; 21/8/15; Nom roll A6506 GSW leg

21/8/15; St Davids; Adm to hospital; Malta; Malta; A36 C3445 GSW ankle

4/9/15; St Davids; To Ghain Tufficha Conv Camp; Malta; 1/9/15; A36 C3654

23/12/15; C/O Malta; Dangerously ill at St Andrews Hosp; Malta; 22/12/15; Cable WB3999 pleurisy

31/12/15; C/O Malta; Died of pleurisy; Malta; 30/12/15; Cable WB4209 E5067

Signed N Fitz Herbert Major OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

3 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

NAME Mangaroa Ngore William

Regiment 1st Maori Congt

Died of wounds 30.12.15

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

NOTE: This form is very faded!

ATTESTATION OF

No 16/400

Name Ngore William Mangaroa

Regiment or Unit: NZ Maori Cont

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Te Rewa Ngore William Mangaroa

2 Where were you born? Kawuki, King Country New Zealand

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? Aug 20 1894

5 What is your trade or calling? Student

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Kakahi New Zealand

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes passed

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? G H Thompson Taumarunui

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? 81 Reg Taranaki Rifles

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. Yes the above regiment 2 years

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? I think so

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds?

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Have been and would be again

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Ngore William Mangaroa do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Ngore William Mangaroa

Signature of Witness Antoine Raipara

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Ngore William Mangaroa, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Avondale M C, NZ on this 12 day of November 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer L G Ashton Lieut

Reference source

Agency AABK

Series 18805

Accession W5544

Box / item 110

Record 0077423

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Information on Private David Matthews, 8/1800, Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company 4th Reinforcements for you.

This file is 20 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. In total there are 7 main documents (1 to 7) of interest with the usual inserts on the original file. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

Overview

David Matthews was born in Wales on 13 February 1880.

He undertook his medical examination in Dunedin on 6 January 1915, enlisted on 7 January 1915 and he joined the Fourth Otago Infantry Battalion D Company 4th Reinforcements as a Private with the regimental number 8/1800. He attested on 12 January 1915 at Trentham. His service reckons from 11 January 1915.

His file lists two next of kin - his mother Elizabeth Matthews, 2 Gladys Terrace, Glyncorrwg, near Port Talbot, Glamorganshire, South Wales, Great Britain (who predeceased David) and his older brother W R Matthews of the same address. (Glyncorrwg is a village in the Afan Valley, South Wales and was once an important coal-mining centre.) Also listed on the file is Mrs Wildigg, 28 Keeling St Wolstanton, Stoke-on-Trent. Interestingly on one of the four History Sheets on file he also lists as next of kin the Rev H Jenkins, The Vicarage Glen Carrig (sp) Port Talbot. (I think the spelling of ‘Glyncorrwg’ is as how the form fillers heard the name pronounced hence the spelling variations of the name as ‘Glen Carrig’.)

David was single and a tailor by ‘occupation.’ Prior to enlisting he was living in Victoria Hotel, St Andrews Street Dunedin and working for M G Munroe, High St Dunedin. David underwent his medical examination on 6 January 1915 in Dunedin. His apparent age on enlistment was 34 years. He was 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighed 136 lbs, was of dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair and his religious profession was Congregational. His medical examination on enlistment was ‘normal’, including his teeth, which were described as “good.” He had no previous illnesses or fits. David Matthews was described by Major W A Fleming, Medical Officer on 6 January 1915 as “fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.”

David left New Zealand sailing on HMNZT No 21 (Willochra) on 17 April 1915, arriving Suez on 25 May 1915. OC Major Childs, Ship’s Master R Neville. This ship was one of three carrying the 4th Reinforcements (2,254 troops) to Egypt. (The others were the Knight Templar -No 22- and Waitoma -No 23.) Prior to leaving New Zealand he had been inoculated against typhoid on 28 February and 7 March 1915. He was vaccinated on board the Willochra on 26 April 1915. The Willochra arrived in Suez on 25 May 1915. These dates are the same as for Edwin William Slater 8/1838 who was also in the same company as David.

The Fourth Reinforcements including David Matthews didn’t stay long in Egypt because they arrived in Anzac Cove on 7 June 1915. For reasons not stated on the file David was posted to Otago Infantry Battalion 10th company on 8 June 1915. This was perhaps to fill the spaces in the 10th Company ranks created by the fighting to date.

Approximately eight weeks after landing David was wounded in the right thigh in August 1915, almost certainly in the attack on Chunuk Bair (although his file doesn’t state this), and he was transported to Malta, where he died in St Elmo Hospital from this wound on 13 August 1915. He was buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta.

He was 35 years and 6 months old.

The file details are:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 8/1800

NAME Matthews David

Regiment D Company 4th Reinforcements

Died of wounds 13 August 1915

2 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: Otago Infantry Bn

Rank: Pte

Surname: Matthews

Christian Name: David

No: 8/1800

Occupation: Tailor

Religion: Congregat

Place of Birth: Wales

Date of Birth: 13.2.80

Last New Zealand address: Victoria Hotel, St Andrews St

Last employer: M G Munroe High St Dunedin

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Mother Elizabeth Matthews Glen Carrig (sp), South Wales Great Britain

Medal action

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address W R Matthews (EB) 2 Gladys Tce Glen Carrig (sp) nr Port Talbot S Wales

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Deceased

Medals to Mrs Elizabeth Matthews (M) 2 Gladys Tce Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot, Glamorganshire, S Wales crossed out

Service Medals issued

1. 1914 – 25 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

Receipt for plague and illegible? signed by K Gealy 26 York St, Cardiff, Wales. Reasons not known under correspondence

Service

Information shown in order as: Date from; Date to:

Country or Troopship: NZ; 11/1/15; 16.4.15

Country or Troopship: Foreign; 17.4.15; BLANK

Wounds

Information shown in order as: Date; Where soldier located, Message and remarks:

BLANK; BLANK; Wounded right thigh

14.8.15; BLANK; Died in St Elmo Hospital Malta from wounds received at Gallipoli 13.8.15 Buried at Malta

Died of wounds Cable 13/8/15 St Elmo Hospital Malta Aug 13th

List of NZ soldiers buried Pieta Cemetery Malta Ent 29.10.18 Buried

Recept for Plaque and Scroll Signed by K Gealy 26 York St Cardiff Wales Reason not known under correspondence. (Catherine Mary Gealy, as we know from David’s probate, was one of his sisters.)

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Matthews, David

Reg No 8/1800

Roll No 508947

Scroll despatched (Date) 17 JUN 1921

Plaque 3 FEB 1921

Recipient and address: Mrs E Matthews (M) (dead) 2 Gadlys Terrace Glen Carrig (sp), Port Talbot, Glamorganshire, Wales crossed out and Mr R Matthews (B) written in – address the same as for mother

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 3.10.22. GLB”

Handwritten note:

Medals to Mrs E Matthews (M) 2 Gadlys Terrace Glyncoering (sp) (Glyncorrwg) Port Talbot Glamorganshire S Wales England

Note written on the file states: “Mother is deceased. Plaque and scroll receipt has been signed by K Gealy 26 York St Cardiff. Form should have been changed to notify ? as mother died.”

3 Military History Sheet

Note: Four of these forms exist.

No 8/1800

Name Matthews David

Information shown in order as: Country, From; To:

1 Service record: NZ; 11/1/15; 16.4.15

1 Service record: Foreign; 17.4.15; BLANK

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mother Mrs Elizabeth Matthews Glen Carrig (sp) South Wales Great Britain Glamorganshire

Intended place of residence on discharge: New Zealand

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 8/1800

NAME: Matthews, David

Regiment of Corps: Otago Infy

Rank: Private

Dates: 11/1/15

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

Note: Two of these forms exist – compilation follows

ATTESTATION OF

No 8/1800

Name Matthews David

Regiment or Unit: Otago Reg 4ths

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? David Matthews

2 Where were you born? Wales

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 13 Feb 1880

5 What is your trade or calling? Tailor

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Victoria Hotel St Andrews St

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Mr Munroe High St Dun

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? No

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Also written in “or inoculated” Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I David Matthews do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit David Matthews

Signature of Witness Looks like J Stroud(?)

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, David Matthews, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Trentham, NZ on this 12 day of January 1915

Signature of Attesting Officer T Gillman Lieut

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Matthews, David on Enlistment

Apparent age: 34 years NO months

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

Weight: 136 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 36 inches Maximum 37½ inches

Complexion: Dark

Colour of eyes: Brown

Colour of hair Black

Religious profession: Congregational

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6/6/

Sight: Left eye 6/6

Hearing: Right ear Good

Hearing: Left ear Good

Colour vision Good

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties?

Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Any previous illness No

Any fits No

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Jan 6 1915

SIGNED W A Fleming Major Medical Officer

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Matthews

Christian Name: David

Examined On 6 day of Jan, 1915

At Dunedin

Birthplace Town Wales

Country England

Declared age: 34 years

Trade or occupation Tailor

Height: 5 ft 4 in

Weight 136 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 36 in Maximum expansion 37½ in

Marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: nil

Approved by W A Fleming Major Medical Officer

Enlisted on 7th day of Jan 1915, at Trentham

Joined on enlistment: OIB

Regimental No: 8/1800

Date: 11/1/15

6 FORM NO TITLE

Written down left hand side of form: Surname: Matthews Christian Name: David

Note: Two of these forms exist – compilation follows:

Information shown in order as: Station or Troopship; Date Arrival at the Station or of Embarkation; REMARKS ON NATURE OF DISEASE: Signature of Medical Officer:

BLANK; BLANK; Inoculated typhoid 28.2.15; Illegible

BLANK; BLANK; Inoculated typhoid 7.3.15; Illegible

Embarked HMNZT 21; 17/4/15; Vaccinated 26/4/15; Illegible

HMNZT 21; BLANK; BLANK; W K Fyffe

Died of wounds St Elmo Hosp Malta 13/8/15

7 Military History Sheet

Note: Four of these forms exist.

No 8/1800

Name Matthews D

5 Wounded: Died of wounds 13.8.15 (St Elmo Hospital Malta)

10 Name and address of next of kin: The Rev H Jenkins The Vicarage Glen Carrig (sp) Port Talbot

Intended place of residence on discharge: NZ

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 8/1800

NAME: Matthews D

Regiment of Corps: 10th Coy Inf Battalion posted; 8.6.15

Died of wounds at St Elmo Hospital Malta; 13.8.15

Reference source:

Agency: AABK

Series: 18805

Accession: W5549

Box / item: 8

Record: 0079263

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Information on Lieut Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow, 7/688, 8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles for you.

Two files exist for this man - a one page original file with inserts, and a 28-page file – both photocopy printouts from microfilm. In total there are 11 documents (1 to 11) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations / spellings are as recorded on the file.

I have a photo of this man, which I will send you.

Overview

Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow was born in Greymouth, New Zealand on 7 October 1892. (Greymouth today is the largest town in the West Coast region on the South Island of New Zealand.)

Vincent underwent his medical examination on 2 and 20 October 1914 (place not specified) and attested at Timaru on 19 October 1914. He enlisted on 20 October 1914 at Trentham in the 8th Squadron, (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles as a Lieut with regimental number 7/688. His service reckons from 20 October 1914.

Vincent’s stated prior military experience had been gained as a member of the Christ’s College (Christchurch NZ) Military Cadets for a period of six years. According to his file when he left school he joined the territorials and he moved up the ranks from 2nd Lieutenant in August 1911 to Lieutenant, after passing the examination, on 30 March 1912. While his promotion to Lieutenant was not initially supported, for reasons not stated, it is clear from the New Zealand Gazette, entry of 10th December 1914 that he was confirmed in the position.

Vincent’s apparent age on enlistment was 22 years. He was a farmer by ‘occupation’ and prior to enlisting he worked for Mr McLean, Mt Hutt, Methven, South Island New Zealand. Vincent was single. His legal next of kin is recorded as his mother. Phillipa Ann Nancarrow, 20 Armagh Street, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand.

Vincent’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 11½ inches tall and weighed 161 lb. The condition of his teeth was described as “good.” His complexion was fair; his colour of eyes blue, and colour of hair light brown. His religious profession was Church of England.

While his departure from New Zealand is not recorded on the file it is almost certain to be on one of the three transports: Verdala (HMNZT No 13), Willochra (HMNZT No 14) or the Knight of Garter (HMNZT No 15) carrying the 2nd reinforcements, which left New Zealand on 14 December 1914 and arrived at Suez on 28 January 1915.

Vincent’s files unfortunately do not state when he arrived on Gallipoli but on 9 July 1915 he was admitted to 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station at Anzac Cove suffering from heatstroke and on the same day he was transferred to the fleetsweeper. On 14 July 1915 he is reported as disembarking in Malta suffering from influenza and his condition was described as “slightly sick.” However, 21 days after landing at Malta he died of enteric on 4 August 1915. He was buried at Pieta Military Cemetery, Grave No 1 Row 5B.

He was 22 years, 9 months on his death.

The file details are:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 7/688

NAME Nancarrow, Vincent Fosbery

Regiment Canterbury Mounted Rifles

2 Extract from New Zealand Gazette, 23rd November 1911

Appointments, Promotions, Transfers, Resignations and Retirements of Territorial Force Officers

Defence Office

Wellington 10th November, 1911

His Excellency the Governor has been please to approve of the appointments, promotions, transfers, resignations and retirements of the undermentioned Territorial Force Officers:

8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles

Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow, Esq, to be 2nd Lieutenant to complete establishment. Dated 9th August 1911.

Signed

J Carroll

For Minister of Defence

3 NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCES APPOINTMENT OF TERRITORIAL OFFICER

Corps: 8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles

Name (Surname to be followed by Christian Name in full. And to be printed in Roman letters): NANCARROW, Vincent Fosbery

Present Military Rank (if any) BLANK

Date of Birth: Oct 7th 1892 – 18½

Occupation: Sheep farming

Rank to which recommended: 2nd Lieutenant

If passed the necessary Examination for Rank to which recommend, and date of passing. BLANK

Previous Military Experience (if any): 6 years in Christ’s College Cadets

Recommendation for first Appointment: The gentleman named in Column 1 being in my opinion a fit and proper person to fill the vacancy existing in the above-named corps, I recommend the appointment be made.

Note: Handwritten note states: “Recommended R A Chaffey Colonel 12/8/11”

Signed E B Millton Lt Col

Date: 9 August 1911

Forwarded and recommended Colonel Hawkins Commanding Canterbury District

Dated 15 August 1911

Signature of person named in collum 1: V F Nancarrow

4 New Zealand Military Forces Miliary Examinations

Result of examination of an officer of the New Zealand Forces

Place and Date of Examination: Orari, (Christchurch New Zealand) 30.3.1912

Rank at Date of Examination: 2nd Lieutenant

Name in full: Nancarrow, V F 8th (South Canterbury) Mtd Rifles

Rank for which examined: Lieutenant

Result and Remarks: P

Signed J Gethin Hughes, Major

Wellington 4 July 1912

5 Extract from New Zealand Gazette, 30th January 1913

Appointments, Promotions, Transfers, and Resignations of Territorial Force Officers

Department of Defence

Wellington, 23rd January 1913

His Excellency the Governor has been please to approve of the appointments, promotions, transfers, and resignations of the undermentioned Territorial Force Officers:

8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles

The undermentioned 2nd Lieutenants to be Lieutenants. Dated 4th January 1913:

Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow, to complete establishment.

NOTE: A number of other forms on the file refer to the same issue; eg a handwritten Minute-Sheet no 97, dated 23/11/11, Return of Officers for the week ending 4 January 1913 and signed by Major Pinwill and dated 8/1/1913, Letter dated 16 Nov 1912, Letter V S Smyth Col, dated October 15 1912 and one from D C Spencer-Smith, Captain, dated 13 Sept 1912 stating that the “promotion of 2nd Lieutenant Nancarrow is not recommended and this should be endorsed by the Brigadier & the O/C District.”

6 HQ Letter

District Headquarters

New Zealand Military Forces

Headquarters

New Zealand Military Forces

WELLINGTON

Subject: Return of Officers recommended for promotion

I forward herewithe Return of Officers

Recommended for promotion in accordance with D.II/2741/3324

AMS cated 13th June, 1912, for the week ending MARCH 1st 1913.

Present Rank: 2nd Lieut V F Nancarrow

Regiment 8th (SC) Mounted Rifles)

Rank to which recommended: Lieut

Remarks: To fill existing vacancies

(SG) W R Pinwill, Major G S

Officer Commanding Canty District

3 March

7 Extract from New Zealand Gazette, 10th December 1914

New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2nd Reinforcement)

Department of Defence

Wellington 8th December 1914

His Excellency the Governor has been please to approve of the following appointments of officers to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2nd Reinforcements) with the ranks set against their respective names, and, in cases in which an officer holds in his permanent unit of the Territorial Force a rank different from the rank here set against his name, to approve that he shall hold such latter rank temporarily during the period of his employment with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and with effect from 21st November, 1914:

Canterbury Mounted Rifle Regiment

Lieutenant Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow, 8th (South Canterbury) Mounted Rifles.

H D Bell

For Minister of Defence

8 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

Note: This form is typed mostly

No 7/688

Name Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow

Regiment or Unit: CMR

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow

2 Where were you born? Greymouth

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? October 7th 1892

5 What is your trade or calling? Farmer

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Mt Hutt Methven

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Mr McLean Mt Hutt Methven

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? Yes 8th (South Canterbury) Mtd Rifles

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes Methven

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit V F Nancarrow Lieut

Signature of Witness S W Nicholls Capt

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Timaru, NZ on this 19th day of October 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer S C P Nicholls Capt

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow on Enlistment

Apparent age: 22 years NO months

Height: 5 feet 11½ inches

Weight: 161 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 35 inches Maximum 38 inches

Complexion: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Light brown

Religious profession: C of E

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6/9 nearly

Sight: Left eye 6/9 nearly

Hearing: Right ear Good

Hearing: Left ear Good

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

None

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Oct 2 1914

SIGNED C E illegible Lt Col NZMR Medical Officer

9 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Nancarrow

Christian Name: Vincent Fosbery

Examined On: 20th day of October, 1914

At: BLANK

Birthplace Town: Greymouth

Country: NZ

Declared age: 22 yrs years

Trade or occupation: Farmer

Height: 5 ft 11 ½ in

Weight 161 lb

Chest measurement: Minimum, 35 in Maximum expansion 38 in

Enlisted on 20th day of Oct 1914, at Trentham

Joined on enlistment: Canty Mtd Rifles

Regimental No: 7/688

Date: 20/10/14

10 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number: 7/688

Regiment or Corps: Canterbury Mtd Rifles 8th

Rank: Lieut Name Nancarrow Vincent Fosbery

Enlisted (a) 20.10.14

Terms of Service (a) Period of war

Service reckons from (a) 20.10.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

11.7.15; 1st Aust CCS; Admtd Heatstroke; Anzac; 9.7.15; A36 C2540

BLANK; BLANK; Transf to fleetsweeper; Anzac; 9.7.15; A36 C2540

14.7.15; C in C Malta; Admtd Influenza; Malta; 14.7.15; Extract cable from Malta A1140

7.8.15; C in C Malta; Died of enteric; Malta; 4.8.15; Ext cable WB824 from C at Malta 7/8/15 A2441

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for AAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Stamped FILE 15 NOV 1915 C.A.M

11 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: CMR

Rank: Lieut

Surname: Nancarrow

Christian Name: Vincent Fosbery

No: 7/688

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: C of E

Place of Birth: Greymouth

Date of Birth: 7.10.92

Last New Zealand address: Mt Hutt Methven

Last employer: Mr McLean Mt Hutt Methven

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Phillipa Ann Nancarrow (Mother) 20 Armagh Street ChCh

Medal action

Rank on discharge: Lieut

Reg No: 7/688

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of sickness

Legatee and address: Written: No evidence of Will

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mrs P A Nancarrow 20 Armagh St ChCh

Service Medals issued:

1. 1914 – 15 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

FORM STAMPED “MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 17 NOV 1923”

Service

Information shown in order as: Date from; Date to:

Country or Troopship: NZ; 20.10.14; 14.12.14

Country or Troopship: Foreign; 14.12.14; BLANK

Sick

Information shown in order as: Date; Where soldier located; Message and Remarks:

8.8.15; Malta; Disembarked 14-20 July, slightly sick

12.8.15; Malta; Died enteric fever 4 August 1915

AFB103 Ent HS 28.8.16: Died of enteric at Malta Aug 4th 1915

Died of sickness 12.8.15 Malta Died of enteric fever 4th Aug 1915

Burial Buried Pieta Cemetery Grave No 1 Row 5B

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF No 7/688 Vincent Fosbery Nancarrow

Regiment or Corp: CMR

Rank: Lieut

Date: 20.10.14

Authority for Entry: Hardy Capt

Adv re medals auth to Mrs P A Nancarrow 20 Armagh St Ch Ch 10.10.21

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name Nancarrow Vincent Fosbery

Reg No 7/688

Roll No 509627

Scroll despatched (Date) 24 JUN 1921

Plaque 10? FEB 1922

Recipient and address: Mrs P A Nancarrow 20 Armagh St Chch

Written on top left hand side “Cert posted 4.10.22”

Reference sources

One

Agency: AABK

Series: 18805

Accession: W5549

Box / item: 67

Record: 0085179

Two

Original Paper Personnel File:

Agency: AABK

Series: 18805

Accession: W5568

Box / item: 54

Record: 0136171

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Information on Gunner Allan Joseph Strawbridge, 2/567, New Zealand Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Headquarters for you.

This file is 21 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. In total there are 10 main documents (1 to 10) of interest with the usual inserts on the original file. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file. There is some confusion as to his enlistment age, rank and the nature of his death on Malta.

Overview

Allan Joseph Strawbridge, a Main Body man, was born in Cambridge, North Island New Zealand in 1891 – no day or month provided. (Stowers in Bloody Gallipoli page 364, records Allan’s date of birth as 30 June 1891.)

Allan underwent his medical examination on 18 August 1914 at Auckland and he attested and enlisted the same day. On enlistment he joined the New Zealand Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Headquarters as a Gunner with regimental number 2/567. His service reckons from 18 August 1914. Allan’s stated prior military experience had been gained as a member of the 4th Waikato. Interestingly his file in a couple of places describes his rank as ‘Sergeant Major’ but this is also crossed out and the rank “Gunner” put in place. Perhaps he was a Sergeant Major in the 4th Waikato territorial service but his file provides no insight into this rank.

Allan’s age is described on the file, as “apparent age on enlistment: 20 years 3 months old “and “declared age on enlistment: 23 years.” If he was born in 1891 it is more likely that his age would have been closer to 24 years than 20 years. He was single and a farmer living and working in Cambridge. His legal next of kin is recorded as his mother Mrs Strawbridge, River Road, Horsham Downs, Hamilton.

Allan was described on enlistment as being, 5 ft 9 in tall and he weighed 158 lb. His complexion was described as fair and he had blue eyes, fair hair and his stated religious profession was Presbyterian. His medical examination revealed that he was “normal” and he had no distinctive marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. The condition of his teeth was described as “good.” On 18 August 1914, A C Purchas, Medical Officer, declared him “fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.”

Allan left Wellington, New Zealand on HMNZT No 10 (Arawa) with the Main Body (8,444 troops) on 16 October 1914 and on his arrival in Alexandria (3 December 1914). (Arawa: O/C Troops Lieut Col G N Johnstone, RA, Ship’s Master H Clyden.) He was inoculated against typhoid on the 19 and 29 November 1914 while on his way to Egypt.

In Egypt on 17 December 1914 Allan completed the New Expeditionary Force’s short form of will in which he left Roy Strawbridge, son of Frederick Strawbridge a violin and all of his effects.

While his file is silent on when he would have landed in Gallipoli on 3 October 1915 he was sent to hospital at Anzac and from here was sent to Malta where he was admitted to St Patrick’s hospital on 10 October 1915 suffering from what was described as malaria. On 21 October 1915 his condition was described as “dangerous” and yet by 2 November 1915 he was removed form the dangerous list and pronounced out of danger. However, by 3 December 1915 he was described as seriously ill with enteric and shortly after Christmas 1915 (27 December) Allan died of pernicious anaemia and was buried in Pieta Cemetery. (Pernicious anaemia I gather is caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency.) The death notification of file records that he died of enteric and yet in a letter to Allan’s mother dated 6 March 1916 it is described again as pernicious anaemia.

File details are:

1 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: FA 2nd Bdge Hqrs

Rank: ‘Sgt Major’ crossed out and ‘Gnr‘ put in

Surname: Strawbridge

Christian Name: Allan Joseph

No: 2/657

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: Presbyterian

Place of Birth: Cambridge

Date of Birth: 1891

Last New Zealand address: Cambridge

Last employer: BLANK

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Mrs Strawbridge (mother) River Td Horsham Downs Hamilton (Cambridge crossed out)

Medal action

Surname: Strawbridge

Christian names: Allan

Rank at death: Gnr

Highest rank held:

Reg No: 2/567

Casualty or reason for discharge: D of sickness

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address: Mrs Strawbridge (M) River Road Horsham Downs Hamilton (5.9.21) Cambridge crossed out

Service Medals issued:

1. 1914 – 15 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

Stamped MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 5 OCT 1923

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Strawbridge Allan

Reg No: 2/567

Roll No: 512629

Scroll despatched (Date): 8? Jul 1921

Plaque: 15 Nov 1921

Recipient and address: Mrs E Strawbridge address above

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 13.11.22 GLB”

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Strawbridge Allan No 2/567

Regiment or Corp: FA

Rank: Sergt Major

Date: 18.8.14

Service

NZ: from 18.8.14 to 16.10.14

Foreign: from 16.10.14

Sick

488 26.10.15 Malta Dangerously ill enteric

534 8/11/15 Pronounced out of danger Nov 2nd

711 Malta 4.12.15 Malta St Patrick’s Hosp seriously ill, enteric 3.12.15

AFB103 Died of pernicious anaemia Malta 27.12.15

BR9/2 Buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta

Died of sickness Malta 851 – 30.12.15 Died at Malta from enteric Dec 27 1915

Medals to Mrs Strawbridge (mother) address above. Note hand written statement: “Medals to mother under instruction from Public Trustees signed PMG 11.1.21.”

2 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number: 2/657

Regiment or Corps: NZ Fd Artillery 2nd Bde Hqrts

Rank: Gunner

Name: Strawbridge Allan

Enlisted: (a) 18.8.14

Terms of Service: (a) period of war

Service reckons from: (a) 18.8.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; place of casualty; date of casualty; Remarks

Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

10.10.15; O/C 2 Bde; Sent to hospital; Anzac; 3.10.15; B213

26.10.15; St Patrick’s; Admitted St Patrick’s Hosp; Malta; 10.10.15; Malaria A36 C4164

23.10.15; Commandant; Placed on dangerous list; Malta; 21.10.15; WB2334 A15639

4.11.15; Commandant; Removed from dangerous list; Malta; 2.11.15; Cable WB2622 A16992

28.12.15; SMO St Patrick’s; Died of pernicious anaemia; Malta; 27.12.15; AFW3034 F734

Stamped:

Signed N Fitz Herbert Major OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Entered on history sheet BT 28.3.17

3 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

Note: Two of these forms exist

No 2/567

Name Strawbridge Allan

Regiment or Unit: NZFA

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Allan Strawbridge

2 Where were you born? Cambridge

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 1891

5 What is your trade or calling? Farmer

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Cambridge

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Cambridge

10 Are you married? No Mother Mrs J Strawbridge Cambridge

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? 4th Waikato

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Strawbridge Allan do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Allan Strawbridge

Signature of Witness A N Boyd

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Allan Strawbridge, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Auckland, NZ on this 18th day of August 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer G L (illegible), Captain

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Allan Strawbridge on Enlistment

Apparent age: 20 years 3 months

Height: 5 feet 9 inches

Weight: 11 st 4 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 34 inches Maximum 36 inches

Complexion: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Fair

Religious profession: (Presby)

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. No

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye Normal

Sight: Left eye Normal

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Fit

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

18.8. 1914

SIGNED A C Purchas Medical Officer

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Strawbridge

Christian Name: Allan

Examined On: 18th day of August, 1914

At: Auckland

Birthplace Town: Cambridge

Country: NZ

Declared age: 23 years

Trade or occupation: Farmer

Height: 5 ft 9 in

Weight 158 lb

Chest measurement: Minimum, 34 in Maximum expansion 36 in

Physical development: Normal

Small pox marks: Nil

Vaccination marks Arm Right Left Number BLANK

When inoculated: 19/11/14 and 29/11/14

Marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: Nil

Enlisted on 18th day of August 1914, at Auckland

Joined on enlistment: NZFA

Regimental No: 2/567

Date: 18/8/14

5 EF Form No 33 NEW ZEALAND MILITARY FORCES

Typed mostly

Record No 2/567

Certified that it appears by an official telegram received at this Office that No 2/567 SERGEANT MAJOR (rank)

ALLEN STRAWBRIDGE (note spelling of first name)

(Name)

Of the NEW ZEALAND FIELD ARTILLERY, New Zealand

(Unit)

Expeditionary Force DIED OF ENTERIC

At MALTA, ST PATRICK’S HOSPITAL

(Place)

on the TWENTYSEVENTH day of DECEMBER 1915

A G Valentine

Lieut Colonel

Adjutant General

Dated at Headquarters, New Zealand Military Forces, Wellington

This TWENTYTHIRD day of MAY 1916

The Public Trustee

Public Trust Office

WELLINGTON

6 Short Form of Will

Note: The following Will is typed

13

Short Form of Will

In the event of my death I give to –

Roy Strawbridge

Son of

Frederick Strawbridge

my violin

and I give to – Roy Strawbridge

all of my

effects and

belongings

Signature Allan Strawbridge

Date Dec 17 1914

Certified a true copy of page 13 in Pay Book of

2/567 Gunner: Allan Strawbridge.

N Fitzherbert Major

Office in Charge New Zealand Records Section

Third Echelon GHQ MEF

14th February 1916

7 Letter

Note: This letter is typed

2/657

8th May ‘20

Messrs Lundon & Walshe

Solicitors

CAMBRIDGE

Dear Sirs

RE 2/567 – Allan Strawbridge Dec’d – Medals

Adverting to your memo of the 1st March 1918, it is now desired to point out that the above named deceased soldier, had he lived, would be entitled to the:

“1914 Star

British War Medal and

Victory Medal”

It is noted that you state you are acting for Mr Fred Strawbridge (one of the beneficiaries under the Will).

The copy will in this office, executed on 17th Dec 1914 bequeaths to “Roy Strawbridge son of Frederick Strawbridge my violin,” and to “Roy Strawbridge, all of my effects and belongings.”

Is this the Will that has been provided? If so, please advise me who the “Roy Strawbridge” mentioned in Residuary legatee is, and also let me know his address.

If on the other hand, there is a later Will, please forward me a copy thereof as it is essential in order to determine to whom the above medals are to be sent.

Yours faithfully

Illegible

Officer I/C Base Records

R5/AT

8 Letter

Note: This letter is typed

2/567 BASE RECORDS

6th March 1916

Mrs Strawbridge

CAMBRIDGE

Dear Madam,

RE 2/567 SGT-MAJOR ALLEN STRAWBRIDGE

I have to inform you that the Official Army Form in connection with the death of the above soldier has now been received from the Front, and the following particulars taken therefrom for your information:

Sent to Hospital Anzac 3/10/15

Admtd to St Patrick’s Hosp Malta 10/10/.15 Malaria

Placed on dangerous list Malta 21/10.15

Removed from dangerous list Malta 2/11/15

Died of Pernicious Anaemia Malta 27/12/15

Yours faithfully

Illegible initials

LIEUTENANT

For MAJOR

DIRECTOR OF BASE RECORDS

Stamped “FILE 7 MAR 1916 CAM”

9 FIELD SERVICE Army Form B2090A

Note: This form is typed

Report of Death of a Soldier to be forwarded to the War Office with the least possible delay after receipt of notification of death on Army Form B 213 or Army Form A 36 or from other official documentary sources.

Regiment or Corps NZ Divisional Artillery Squadron Troop, Battery or Company 2nd B’de H.Qrs

Regtl No 2/567

Rank Gunner

Name Strawbridge Allan

Died Date 27th December 1915

Place St Patrick’s Hospital Malta

Cause of Death Pernicious Anaemia

Nature and Date of Report AFW 3034 December 28th 1915

By whom made Senior Medical Officer St Patrick’s Hospital Malta

Signature of Officer in charge of

Section Adjutant-General’s

Office at the Base N Fitzherbert Major

Station and date Alexandria January 8th 1916

10 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: Two of these forms exist

No 2/567

Name Strawbridge, Allan

Information shown in order as: Country, From, To, Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 18/8/14; 14/10/14; 58 days

1 Service record: HMNZT No 10 at sea; 15/0/14; Disembarked Alexandria 3 12 14; 50 days

1 Service record: Egypt; 4.12.14

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mrs Strawbridge (Mother) Cambridge

Intended place of residence on discharge: New Zealand

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates:

NZFA; Enlisted; Gunner; 18.8.14

NZFA; Dangerously ill Malta enteric; 21/?/15

Reference Source

Agency: AABK

Series: 18805

Accession: W5553

Box / item: 78

Record: 0110233

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Information on Private Taiawhiao te Whare, 16/421 New Zealand Maori Contingent, A Company for you.

There are 14 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm on this file with eight files (1 – 8) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file. Some dates recorded are questionable because they don’t accord with the diary of the Maori Contingent and are different from dates for the same event recorded elsewhere on the file.

This man would have also known Albert Downes (16/508 - B Coy), Paetaha Paora (16/201 – B Coy) Te Rewa Ngore William Mangaroa (16/400 – A Coy) and Ra Wairau (16/53 – B Coy) who were also in the same contingent travelling on the Warrimoo (HMNZT No 20).

Overview

Taiawhiao te Whare was born in Waitahanui, Taupo, North Island, New Zealand on 10 May 1884. (Waitahanui was a small settlement on the eastern side of Lake Taupo.)

Taiawhiao attested on 21 September 1914 at Taupo where he was living and working and underwent his medical examination on 29 September 1914. On enlistment at Taupo he joined, as a private No 16/421, the New Zealand 1st Maori Contingent Infantry Battalion A Company. For some reason his service reckons from 24 October 1914. He was a rabbiter by occupation and worked for the New Zealand Government. (Rabbits were a real pest in New Zealand - still are in places!) His recorded next of kin was his mother Miriama te Whare, Petane, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Taiawhiao’s ‘apparent and declared age' on enlistment was 30 years. He was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 12 st 6 lbs. His complexion was dark, his colour of eyes brown, and colour of hair dark. His religious profession was Roman Catholic. His medical examination revealed the condition of his teeth as “fair” and noted that he had tattoo marks of crossed swords across his chest. The Medical Officer described him as “perfectly sound and fit.”

Taiawhiao left New Zealand on HMNZT 20 (‘Warrimoo’) with the 1st Maori (515 troops) on 14 February 1915 and disembarked Suez 26 March 1915. OC Troops Captain W T Pitt; Ship’s Master A M Edwin. (See Private Albert Downes (16/508) summary for description in James Cowan’s book Maoris in the Great War for the departure from New Zealand of Taiawhiao’s battalion. He is listed in this book’s Roll of Honour.)

After the Maori Contingent disembarked at Suez and entrained for Cairo they were only at Zeitoun Camp for a week before they left on board the transport ‘Runic’ for Malta to begin garrison duty at Ghain Tuffiah Camp (about 16 miles from Valetta.) This posting was not well received as the Maoris Contingent were keen to join other New Zealanders at Gallipoli. They got their chance and they left Malta via Alexandria, arrived Mudros on 1 July 1915 and after being transhipped at Mudros to the steamer 'Prince Abbas' they arrived at Anzac on 3rd July 1915. The Maori Contingent on arrival at Anzac was attached to the New Zealand Mounted Brigade and was sent to No 1 Outpost, which became known as the “Maori Pa.” They were put to work enlarging the sap from the base of Walker’s ridge out to No 2 Outpost so that it would be wide enough to take mules.

However, 14 days later on 17 July 1915 Taiawhiao was admitted to the Anzac Cove field hospital with a bullet wound to his thigh. He was transported to Malta where he died from his wound on 31 July 1915. As he was Roman Catholic he was buried on 1 August 1915 in Addolorata Cemetery No 656/28 Div Sec AEA. The officiating cleric was “Rev A I F Bugeja” (sp).

Taiawhiao had served a total of 281 days with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He was 31 years of age at the time of his death.

Interestingly, as was the practice at the time, because Taiawhiao hadn’t completed a will, his mother Miriama te Whare, a widow, in January 1918 had to complete a statutory declaration confirming that Taiawhiao was unmarried and that there was “no will or other testamentary document in existence.” This document was made before Thomas S Sampson, JP, the same person who was Taiawhiao’s Attesting Officer in September 1914. This would allow her presumably to inherit her son’s assets including any pay owing to her son.

File details:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 16/412

NAME te Whare Taiawhiao

Regiment NZ Maori Contingent

Group: 7

2 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE EF Pay Form 240

Declaration by Claimant for Pay due to Deceased Soldier

Note: this form is typed mostly

I, Miriama te Whare,

Of Taupo do solemnly and sincerely declare that

1 I am the mother of 16/421, Taiawhiao te Whare deceased.

2 I am a widow.

3 Ceased was unmarried.

4 To the best of my knowledge, information and belief there is no will or other testamentary document in existence.

5 I do not intend taking out letters of administration.

6 The forms of consent attached have been received from all the brothers and sisters of deceased.

and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the Justices of the Peace Act, 1908.

Declared at Taupo

This 26th day of January

One thousand nine hundred and

eighteen, before me

Signed Miriama te Whare “X her mark”

Thos S Sampson Justice of the Peace

3 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

No 16/421

Name Taiawhiao Te Whare

Regiment or Unit: NZ Maori Cont

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Taiawhiao Te Whare

2 Where were you born? Waitahanui Taupo

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 10th May 1884 ticked

5 What is your trade or calling? Rabbiter

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Taupo

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Govt

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. No

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? No

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Taiawhiao Te Whare do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit Taiawhiao Te Whare

Signature of Witness Howard Roach

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Taiawhiao Te Whare, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Taupo, NZ on this 21st day of Sept 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer Thomas S Sampson JP

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Taiawhiao Te Whare on Enlistment

Apparent age: 30 years - months

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 12 st 6 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 38 ½ inches Maximum 40½ inches

Complexion: Dark

Colour of eyes: Brown

Colour of hair: Dark

Religious profession: Catholic

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. Tattoo marks Crossed swords across chest sternum

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye Normal

Sight: Left eye Normal

Hearing: Right ear Normal

Hearing: Left ear Normal

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Fair

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Perfectly sound and fit

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Sept 29th 1914

SIGNED Arthur S Latchmore(sp) Medical Officer

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Te Whare

Christian Name: Taiawhiao

Examined On 29th day of September, 1914

At Taupo

Birthplace Town Waitahanui Taupo

Country NZ

Declared age: 30 years

Trade or occupation Rabbiter

Height: 5 ft 8 in

Weight 12 st 6 lb

Chest measurement Minimum, 38 ½ in Maximum expansion 40½ in

Marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: Tattoo marks; Crossed swords across chest (sternum)

Enlisted on 29th day of September 1914, at Taupo

Joined on enlistment: NZ Maori Contingent

Regimental No: 16/421

Date: 29.9.14

5 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Note: This form is typed mostly

Regimental Number: 16/421

Regiment or Corps: NZ MAORI CONTINGENT

Rank: Private

Name te Whare Taiawhiao

Enlisted: (a) 24.10.14

Terms of Service: (a) term of war

Service reckons from: (a) 24.10.14

Information is shown in order as: Date; from whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army or A 35 or other official documents:

BLANK; OC; Bullet wound in thigh; Gallipoli Peninsula; 17/7/15; B213

BLANK; BLANK; To field hospital; Anzac; 17/7/15

3/8/15; Malta; Died of wounds; Malta; 31/7/15; Cablegram from Malta Command

Stamped

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

Entered on history sheet 30.3.17

6 FORM – NO TITLE

Egypt up to 18/3/16: 28.3.15 - 31.7.15 died of wounds

Gallipoli 30.6.15 (note this date must be incorrect)

Service ranks as: NZ: 113 days, Egypt: 136 days; Balkan: 29 days; Egypt: 3 days

NZ Service 113 Days

Overseas 168 days

Total NZEF service 281 days

7 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: Two of these forms exist – compilation follows

No 16/421

Name Te Whare Taiawhiao

Information is shown in order as: Country; Date from; Date to; Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 24.10.14; 9.2.15; 109 days

1 Service record: HMNZT No 20; 10.2.15; 25.3.15; 44 days

1 Service record: Egypt; 26.3.15; 5.4.15; 11 days

5 Wounded: Wdd Dardanelles Thigh Cable 27.7.15

10 Name and address of next of kin: Miriama te Whare Taupo

Intended place of residence on discharge: New Zealand

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 16/421

NAME: Te Whare Taiawhiao

Information is shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates:

NZ Maori Contingent; BLANK; Private; 24/10/14

NZ Maori Contingent; Wdd Dardanelles Thigh; BLANK; c27.7.15 (note approximate date given which is different from earlier form showing 17 July 1915.)

8 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: Maori

Rank: Pte

Surname: te Whare

Christian Name: Taiawhiao

No: 16/421

Occupation: Rabbiter

Religion: RC

Place of Birth: Taupo

Date of Birth: 10.5.1884

Last New Zealand address: Taupo

Last employer: Govt

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Miriama te Whare (mother) Petane HB (2.11.20) Taupo crossed out

Medal action

Surname: te Whare

Christian names: Taiawhiao

Rank at death: Pte

Highest rank held:

Reg No: 16/421

Address:

Highest rank held in theatre of war:

Rank shown on discharge certificate:

Country resident in: In case of death, country next of kin are resident in:

Casualty or reason for discharge: died of wounds

Legatee and address:

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Miriama te Whare (mother) Petane HB

Stamped MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 25 SEP 1923

Service Medals issued

1. 1914 – 15 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Te Whare Taiawhiao

Reg No: 16/421

Roll No: 513001

Scroll despatched: (Date) 30 Jun 1921

Plaque: 4 Jan 1922

Recipient and address: Mrs M te Whare Petane HB

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 7.11.15

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Te Whare Taiawhiao No 16/421

Information shown in order as: Regiment or Corp; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties &c; Rank; Date:

Maori; BLANK; Pte; 24.10.14

BLANK; Died of wounds; Pte; 31.7.15

Service

NZ: from 24.10.14; to 14.2.15

Foreign: from 14.2.15

Wounds

Information shown in order as: Where soldier located; Message and Remarks:

Gallipoli peninsula; Bullet wound in thigh 17.7.15

Anzac; To field hosp 17.7.15

Died of wounds received in action at Malta July 31st 1915 Buried in Addolorata Cemetery Malta

Killed in action

Died of wounds at Malta 31st July 1915

14/10/15 died of wnds Malta 31.7.15 buried by Rev A I F Bugoja or Bugoja or Bugeja 1.8.15 Addolorata Cemetery Malta No 656/28 Div Sec AEA (Perhaps one of the pals can identify this person more accurately?)

Reference source

Agency: AABK

Series: 18805

Accession: W5553

Box / item: 107

Record: 0113200

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I'm going to Taupo tomorrow - I'll see if he's on the War Memorial there. Also, we're heading through Cambridge, so will see if I can stop there for a look at that memorial as well.

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Information on Private Christian Kerr Temperley 12/261 Auckland Infantry Battalion 3rd Coy for you.

This file is 18 pages of photocopy print out from microfilm. In total there are nine main documents (1 to 9) of interest with the usual inserts on the original file. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file.

This man would have known the other Auckland men who died on Malta like William John Birdsall (13/232) and John Stewart Cameron (13/567) as they had all travelled to Egypt on board the ‘Waimana’ (HMNZT No 12) as part of the New Expeditionary Force Main Body in October 1914.

Overview

Christian Kerr Temperley was born in Marton, North Island New Zealand on 16th December 1876.

He enlisted on 10 August 1914 at Auckland, undertook his medical examination in the Epsom Camp, Auckland and attested on 7 September 1914. He joined the Auckland Infantry Battalion 3rd Coy as a private with the regimental number 12/261. His service reckons from 10 August 1914. His stated prior military experience was with the Rangitikei Rifles - duration not stated.

His file lists a number of next of kin: his “legatee” - his sister Mrs Ellen Blair, Wellington Road, Marton, North Island, New Zealand; his “legal next of kin” his brother Mr J R Temperley, Watershed Road, Ashhurst, North Island, New Zealand and another sister Mrs A Blair Tailor, Marton, North Island, New Zealand. Also listed on the file is ‘J F Temperley, Federal Street, Auckland.’ It is noted that while on board the Waimana (HMNZT No 12) on 24 September 1914 he completed his Short Form of Will in favour of his sister ‘Ellen Blair Taylor’ of Marton. (Might need a genealogist to work out these family connections further as I suspect the file does not record accurately these details.)

Christian was single and a storeman by ‘occupation.’ Prior to enlisting he was living in Cook Street, Auckland, New Zealand and he was working for H S Elliott, Shamrock Hotel, Auckland. Christian’s medical examination on enlistment was ‘normal’, and his teeth were described as “fair.” His ‘apparent age’ on enlistment was 38 years 9 months. He was 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 11 stone, was of fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair and his religious profession was Church of England.

Christian left Wellington, New Zealand on board the ‘Waimana’ (HMNZT No 12) on 16 October 1914. (Troops 8,444, OC Troops Lt Col Mackesy Ship’s Master – Holmes.) On his way to Egypt, Christian was hospitalised on the ‘Waimana’ for six days (24 – 29 November 1914) suffering from heatstroke. The Main Body transports had crossed the line on 14 November 1915 and when Christian was hospitalised it was shortly before the transports arrived at Suez (30 November 1915). The Official War Dairy records a number of Main Body men who suffered from heatstroke on their way to Egypt because they were simply ill prepared to deal with the tropical heat. Major A Purchase, New Zealand Medical Corp, noted that Christian’s “response to sun rather acute recovery complete.” The ‘Waimana’ arrived in Alexandria of 3 December 1914.

Christian, while in the New Zealand camp at Zeitoun, got into a small spot of bother with military authorities when on 9 January 1915 he was absent from the 10 pm roll call and his punishment was two days confined to barracks. For reasons not stated on his file Christian wasn’t posted to his company at Ismailia until 6 February 1915 whereas the Auckland Regiment proceeded to Ismailia and the Suez Canal on 26 January 1915. Christian was attached to the Advance Base at Mustapha on 26 April 1915 and obviously wasn’t at the landing on 25 April 1915. While his file records that he embarked for the Dardanelles on 28 April 1915 for some reason, again not given, he didn’t go on that date as he is attached on 8 May 1915 for duty at the 17th General Hospital in Alexandria. On 27 July 1915 he was attached to strength from 17th General Hospital to the New Zealand Advanced Base at Mustapha.

Finally on 28 July 1915 Christian embarked from Alexandria on ‘HS Inkosi’ to rejoin his unit at the Dardanelles on 3 August 1915. Six days after rejoining his unit he was wounded on 9 August 1915, gunshot wounds to his back, in the attack on Chunk Bair.

The ‘HS Valdivia’ transported him to Malta, where he was admitted to the Cottonera Hospital on 20 August 1915. His condition on 21 August 1915 was listed as “dangerously ill.” Thirteen days later on 3 September 1915 he died of his wounds received in action and he was buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta by Rev H Tobias, Grave site No 3 Row 8B.

He was 38 years old. He is listed in OE Burton’s The Auckland Regiment 1914 – 1918 honours list on page 289.

File details are:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 12/261

NAME Temperley Christian Kerr

Regiment Auckland

Form is stamped wounded Aug 9th 1915

Died of wounds 3/9/15

2 COPY Short Form of Will

Note: this form is typed

In the event of my death I give to

(a) Ellen Blair Taylor Marton (note spelling of Taylor compared with ‘Tailor’ on other form)

(B) All money due to me by Defence Department

Signature C K Temperley

Date September 24th 1914

Written Certified true copy P Jefferies 7/4/21

3 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

Note: Two of these forms exist – compilation follows

ATTESTATION OF

No 12/261

Name Temperley Christian Kerr

Regiment or Unit: 3rd Auckland

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Christian Kerr Temperley

2 Where were you born? Marton

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 16th December 1876

5 What is your trade or calling? Storeman

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? Cook St Auckland

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? H S Elliott Shamrock Hotel Auckland

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps? No

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. Yes Rangitikei Rifles leaving district

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? No

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? No

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes from 10.8.14

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Christian Kerr Temperley do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit C K Temperley

Signature of Witness R Davidson

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Christian Kerr Temperley, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Epsom Camp, NZ on this 7th day of Sept 1914.

Signature of Attesting Officer A Brice Capt

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of C K Temperley on Enlistment

Apparent age: 38 years 9 months

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 11 st - lb

Chest measurement Minimum 34 inches Maximum 36 inches

Complexion: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Fair

Religious profession: English Church

Distinctive marks, and marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. Nil

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye Good

Sight: Left eye Good

Hearing: Right ear Good

Hearing: Left ear Good

Colour vision Normal

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Fair

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Next of kin Sister Mrs Ellen Blair Marton

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

7.9.14

SIGNED Tracy R illegible last name Lt Col Medical Officer

4 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: Temperley

Christian Name: Christian Kerr

Examined On: 7th day of Sep, 1914

At: Epsom Camp

Birthplace Town: Marton

Country: NZ

Declared age: 38 years 9 months

Trade or occupation: Storekeeper

Height: 5 ft 8 in

Weight: 11 st

Chest measurement: Minimum, 34 in Maximum expansion 36 in

Enlisted on 10th day of August 1914, at Auckland

Joined on enlistment: Auckland Infantry Battn

Regimental No: 12/261

Date: 10/8/14

5 FORM – NO TITLE

Written down left hand side of form:

Surname: Temperley

Christian Name: Christian Kerr

Information shown in order as: Station or Troopship; Date Arrival at the Station or of Embarkation; Admission into Hospital; Discharge from Hospital; Disease; Number of Days in Hospital; REMARKS ON NATURE OF DISEASE; Signature of Medical Officer:

HMNZT No 12; 23.9.14; 24/11/14; 29/11/14; Heat stroke; 6; Response to sun rather acute recovery complete; A Purchase Major NZMC

6 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number 12/261

Regiment or Corps Auck Inf Batt 3rd Coy

Rank Private

Name Temperley Christian Kerr

Enlisted (a) 10.8.14 Terms of Service (a) period of war Service reckons from (a) 10.8.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; Record of promotions, reductions, transfers, causalities &c active service as reported on Army Form B 213, Army Form A33 and in other official documents; Place of casualty; Date of Casualty; Remarks Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

NOTE DATE ORDER BELOW

8/5/15; 17th Gen Hos; Attached for duty at 17th GH; Alexandria; 8/5/15; AFB213

1/8/15; O/C NZ Adv Base; Embkd on HS Inkosi; Alexandria; 28/7/15; To join unit D’ds. Roll

1/8/15; O/C NZ Adv Base; Attached to strength of base; Mustapha; 27/7/15; From 17th Gen Hosp AFB213

8/8/15; O/C AIB; Rejoined Unit; Dardanelles; 3/8/15; From Base AFB213

15/8/15; O/C AIB; Wounded in action; Dardanelles; 9/8/15; AFB213

20/8/15; HS Valdivia; Admitd Cottonera Hosp; Malta; 20/8/15; GSW Back C3449

25/8/15; C in C Malta; Placed on “Dangerously ill” list; Malta; 21/8/15; Cable WB1107 A5155. 25.8.15

5/9/15; Cottonera Hosp; Died of wounds; Malta; 3/9/15; AFA36 C3660 Report not received by Alex Records till 12.10.15

Signed N Fitz Herbert Major OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

7 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: AIB

Rank: Pte

Surname: Temperley

Christian Name: Christian Kerr

No: 12/261

Occupation: Storeman

Religion: C of E

Place of Birth: Marton

Date of Birth: 16.12.1876

Last New Zealand address: Cook St Auckland

Last employer: H S Elliott Shamrock Hotel Auckland

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): J F TEMPERLEY Federal St Auckland and Mrs E Blair Wellington Rd Marton

Medal action

Surname: Temperley

Christian names: Christian Kerr

Rank on death: Pte

Highest rank held:

Reg No: 12/261

Casualty or reason for discharge: died of wounds

Legatee and address: Mrs E Blair Wellington Rd Marton (Sister)

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mr J R Temperley (Bro) Ashhurst

Stamped MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 25 SEPT 1923

Service Medals issued:

1. 1914 – 15 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Temperley Christian Kerr

Reg No: 12/261

Roll No: 512975

Scroll despatched (Date): 12 JUL 1921

Plaque: 10 FEB 1922

Recipient and address: Mr J R Temperley Watershed Rd Ashhurst

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 15.11.22”

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Temperley, Christian Kerr

No 12/261

Information shown in order as: Regiment or Corp; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties &c; Rank; Date; Authority for Entry:

AIB; BLANK; Pte; 10.8.14; BLANK

AIB; Att to strength of base Mustapha; Pte; 27.7.15; AFB103

BLANK; Rejoined unit Dardanelles; BLANK; 3.8.15; AFB103

CONDUCT SHEET

Regiment of Corps: AIB

Place: Zeitoun

Date: 9/1/15

Offence: Absent from roll call 10 pm

Punishment: 2 days CB

Service

NZ: from 10.8.14 to 16.10.14

Foreign: from 16.10.14

Wounds

Information shown in order as: Where soldier located; Message and Remarks:

BLANK; Wounded 9/8/15 Dardanelles

Malta; Admitted Cottonera Hosp 20.8.15 GSW Back

Malta; Placed on dang ill list 21.8.15

Malta; Died of wounds received in action at Cottonera Hosp Malta 3rd Sept 1915 Buried in Pieta Cemetery Malta

Died of wounds 14.10,15 died of wounds at Malta 3.9.15 Cottonera Hosp Malta

Buried 3/9/15 by Rev H Tobias Pieta Cemetery Malta Grave site No 3 Row 8B

Medals to Mrs E Blair Wgtn Rd Marton 10/10/21

8 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3 Military History Sheet

Note: Three forms exist – compilation follows.

No 12/261

Name Christian Kerr Temperley

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 10.8.14; 12.10.14; 64 days

1 Service record: At sea; 13.10.14; 3.12.14; 52 days

1 Service record: Egypt; 4.12.14

5 Wounded: Dardanelles wounded; 9/8/15

10 Name and address of next of kin: J Temperley Federal St Auckland, Mrs E Blair Wellington Rd Marton (sister), Also Mrs A Blair Tailor Marton NZ

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No BLANK, NAME: C K Temperley

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates:

(Note date order)

Auckland Inf Battalion 3rd Company; Attached; Pte; 10.8.14

Auckland Inf Battalion 3rd Company; Posted to Company at Ismailia; Pte; 6.2.15

BLANK; Attached to 17th Gen Hosp; Pte; 8.5.15

AIB; Attchd Adv Base Mustapha; BLANK; 26.4.15

AIB; Embarked for D’delles; Pte; 28.4.15

AIB; Rejoined unit; BLANK; 3.8.15

BLANK; Dardanelles wounded; BLANK; 9.8.15

BLANK; Dangerously ill Malta; BLANK; 21.8.15

AIB; Died of wounds Malta; BLANK; 3.9.15

9 FORM – NO TITLE

New Zealand: 10.8.14

Embarked on Active Service NZ: 23.9.14

Egypt up to 18/3/16: 5.12.14

Gallipoli: 28.7.15

Malta: 20.8.15

DOW 3.9.15

Service ranks as:

NZ 44 days

Egypt 308 days

Balkan 24 days

Egypt 14 days

Total NZEF service 1 year 25 days

Reference Source

Agency AABK

Series 18805

Accession W5553

Box / item 105

Record 0112970

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Okay, have got Taupo and Cambridge. I have a feeling earlier on in the list were Wapiawa or Wapiukurau (or both?). Will stop off for those as well on the way to Dannvevirke, just in case. Someone may need them sometime, anyway!

Will upload later on next week when I get home.

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Information on Trooper Alec Leslie Thomson, 9/103, Otago Mounted Rifles (5 Otago Hussars Sqdn) for you.

There are 15 pages on this file with 10 files (1 – 10) of interest. The order of the document / information below is in the order of the files. Abbreviations are as recorded on the file. As a Main Body man Alec Thomson would have known men like Alfred Larkins (8/891) and Arthur Miles (8/600) who died at Malta and who were also on board the same transport travelling from New Zealand to Egypt in 1914 - HMNZT No 5 Ruapehu.

Overview

Alec Leslie Thomson was born in Dunedin, South Island New Zealand on 23 December 1893.

He underwent his medical examination on 12 August 1914; at Dunedin, and he attested on 19 August 1914 at Dunedin. On enlistment he joined, as a private, the Otago Mounted Rifles, 5th Otago Hussars Squadron. Prior to enlisting he recorded his prior military experience as a member of the Signalling Corps from which he was discharged as ‘unfit.’ His service reckons from 19 August 1914.

His ‘apparent age' on enlistment was 21 years.

Alec Thomson was a ‘clerk by occupation’ living at St Clair, Dunedin, South Island New Zealand and working for Kirk & Co. He was single. His next of kin is recorded as his mother Mrs Thomson, Ings Avenue, St Clair, Dunedin and his father Thomas Thomson also listed was crossed out because as we know from the file he had died. When Alec died intestate his father was alive but then died and his widow Mrs Elizabeth Mary Thomson became the sole beneficiary and hence was entitled to the balance of military moneys owing Alec – approximately £17.11.0.

Alec Thomson’s medical description on enlistment was that he was 5 feet 9½ inches tall and weighed 12 stone 6 lb. The condition of his teeth was described as ‘both good.’ His complexion was described as fair; colour of eyes blue and colour of hair fair. His religious profession was Presbyterian.

He departed Wellington New Zealand on HMNZT No 5 (“Ruapehu”) on 16 October 1914 as part of the Main Body. OC Troops Lt Col T W MacDonald, and Ship’s Master Clifford. He disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt on 3 December 1914. Only one squadron of the Otago Mounted Rifles (5 Otago Hussars Sqdn) travelled on the ‘Ruapehu’ – the bulk of the Otago Mounted Rifles travelled on HMNZT No 9 ‘Hawke’s Bay.

Alec Thomson’s file is silent as to when he landed on Gallipoli but on 9 July 1915 he was first admitted to the 16th Stationary Hospital, Lemnos with influenza and then on 18 July 1915 he was transferred to the 15th Stationary Hospital, Mudros, suffering from enteritis. Alec was then transferred to St Andrews Hospital, Malta with gastro-enteritis where he arrived on 31 July 1915. (Stowers in his book Bloody Gallipoli (page 367) states that Alec was transported from Lemnos to Malta of the Hospital Ship Somali but the file doesn’t record this detail.)

Alec Thomson died in hospital 38 days after arriving in Malta of enteric on 8 September 1915. He was buried in Pieta Cemetery.

He was 21 years old.

File details:

1 New Zealand Expeditionary Force Form No 1

Personal Record of Registration No 9/103

NAME Thomson Alec Leslie

Regiment Otago Mounted Rifles

Group: 13

Number: 217

Written on file Died of enteric Sept 8 1915

2 Public Trust letter

Note: This letter is typed

PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE

PO Box 429

Dunedin

11th May 1921

MEMORANDUM FOR

The Officer –in charge

NZEF War Accounts & Records

Government Buildings

WELLINGTON

9/103 ALEXANDER L THOMSON, Deceased

Referring to your letter of the 6th inst. I have now been able to come across my records relating to the above estate.

The deceased died intestate and at the time of his death, his father was living and hence the latter is the sole beneficiary. The father, however, died subsequently and his widow Mrs Elizabeth Mary Thomson was the sole executrix, and probate was granted to her on the 22nd September 1915.

Mrs Thomson was the sole beneficiary under her husband’s will and hence she is entitled to the balance of military moneys. The Solicitors acting for the father’s estate were Messrs Gilkinson and White, which firm has now been dissolved and its business has merged into the firm of White and Ramsay. I am communicating with this firm asking that the present address of Mrs Thomson be forwarded to you.

Signed illegible

Local Deputy Public Trustee

STAMPED “RECD 13 MAY 1921 BASE RECORDS”

3 NEW ZEALAND MILITARY FORCES (EF Form no 33)

Note: This form is typed mostly

Record No 9/103

Certified that it appears by an official telegram received at this office that No 9/103 Trooper (rank) ALEC LESLIE THOMSON (Name) of the OTAGO MOUNTED RIFLES (unit) New Zealand Expeditionary Force, died of ENTERIC FEVER WHLE ON FOREIGN SERVICE (place) on the EIGHT day of SEPTEMBER 1915.

Signed illegible Lieut for Lieut Colonel

Adjutant NZ Forces

Dated at Headquarters, New Military Forces, Wellington

This TWENTY FIRST day of MARCH 1916

The Public Trustee

Per QMG (4)

4 MEMORANDUM

Note: This form is typed

HEADQUARTERS

NEW ZEALAND FROCES

BRANDON STREET, WELLINGTON

14th March 1916

MEMORANDUM FOR

The Public Trustee

WELLINGTON

9/103 A L THOMSON, deceased

The following particulars regarding the above named soldier are forwarded for the favour of your instructions as to the disposal of the balance of pay due to his estate.

(1) Occupation and address in Civil life Clerk, St Clair Dunedin

(2) Whether he has left a will or not No evidence of a Will

(3) Name, relationship (of any) and address of next of kin Mrs E M Thomson (Mother) Ings Avenue, St Clair Dunedin

(4) Amount due (Approx) £17.11.0

(5) A certificate of death is enclosed.

Signed G C Rodda

Quartermaster-General (4)

5 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE ATTESTATION (FORM No 2)

ATTESTATION OF

No 9/103

Name Thomson Alec Leslie

Regiment or Unit: 5 MRO

Questions to be put to the recruit before enlistment (NOTE recruit responses are also numbered 1 – 18)

1 What is your name? Thomson Alec Leslie

2 Where were you born? Dunedin

3 Are you a British subject? Yes

4 What is the date of your birth? 23 Dec 1893

5 What is your trade or calling? Clerk

6 Are you an indentured apprentice? If so where and to whom? No

7 What was the address at which you last resided? St Clair

8 Have you passed the Fourth Educational Standard or its equivalent? Yes

9 What is the name and address of your present or last employer? Kirk & C

10 Are you married? No

11 Have you ever been sentenced to imprisonment by the Civil power? If so, when and where? No

12 Do you now belong to any military or naval force? If so to what corps?

13 Have you ever served in any military or naval force? If so state which and cause of discharge. Yes Signalling Corps Discharged unfit

14 Have you truly stated the whole (if any) of your previous service? Yes

15 Have you been registered for compulsory military training under the Defence Act 1909? If so, where? Yes

16 Have you ever been rejected as unfit for the military or naval forces of the Crown? If so, on what grounds? Yes

17 Are you willing to be vaccinated or revaccinated? Yes

18 Are you willing to serve in the Expeditionary Force in or beyond the Dominion of New Zealand under the following conditions, provided your services should so long be required: For the term of the present European war and for such further period as is necessary to bring the Expeditionary Force back to New Zealand and to disband it? Yes

NOTE – Your discharge will not be granted before your return to New Zealand unless permission for discharge elsewhere be obtained from the GOC the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

I Alex Leslie Thomson do solemnly declare that the above answers made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagement made.

Signature of Recruit A L Thomson

Signature of Witness Bruce Hay Capt

Oath to be taken by recruit on attestation

I, Alex Leslie Thomson, do sincerely promise and swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to our Sovereign Lord the King, his Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully serve in the New Zealand Military Forces, according to my liability under the Defence Act, and that I will observe and obey all order of His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me, until I shall be lawfully discharged So help me, God.

Certificate of Magistrate or Attesting Officer

The above questions were read to the above recruit in my presence. I have taken care that he understands each question, and that his answer to each question has been duly entered as replied to, and the said recruit has made and signed the declaration and taken the oath before me at Dunedin, NZ on this 19 day of August 1914

Signature of Attesting Officer Bruce Hay Capt

If any alteration is required on this page of the Attestation, the Attesting Officer should be requested to make it and initial the alteration.

Description of Thomson Alex Leslie on Enlistment

Apparent age: 21 years NO months

Height: 5 feet 9½ inches

Weight: 12 st 6 lb

Chest measurement Minimum 37 ½ inches Maximum 41 inches

Complexion: Fair

Colour of eyes: Blue

Colour of hair: Fair

Religious profession: Presbyterian

Medical Examination

Sight: right eye 6/9

Sight: Left eye 6/9

Hearing: Right ear Good

Hearing: Left ear Good

Colour vision Good

Are his limbs well formed? Yes

Are the movements of all his joints full and perfect? Yes

Is his chest well formed? Yes

Is his heart normal? Yes

Are his lungs normal? Yes

What is the condition of his teeth? Both good

Is he free from hernia? Yes

Is he free from varicocele? Yes

Is he free from varicose veins? Yes

Is he free from haemorrhoids? Yes

Is he free from inveterate or contagious skin disease? Yes

Is there a distinct mark of vaccination? Yes

Is he in good bodily and mental health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties? Yes

Are there any slight defects, but not sufficient to cause rejection? No

Remarks

Fit

Certificate of Medical Examination

I have examined the above named, and find he does not present any of the causes of rejection specified in the Regulations for Army Medical Services.

I consider him fit for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

AUG 12 1914

SIGNED A R Falconer Medical Officer

6 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORM NO 4) MEDICAL HISTORY

Of

Surname: THOMSON

Christian Name: Alec Leslie

Examined On: 19 day of August, 1914

At: Dunedin

Birthplace Town: Dunedin

Country: New Zealand

Declared age: 21 years

Trade or occupation: Clerk

Height: 5 ft 9½ in

Weight 12 st 6 lb

Chest measurement: Minimum, 37 ½ in Maximum expansion 41 in

Physical development: Good

Small pox marks: None

Marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease: None

Approved by Dr A R Falconer Major Medical Officer

Enlisted on 19th day of Aug 1914, at Dunedin

Joined on enlistment: Otago Mounted Rifles

Regimental No: 9/103

Date: 19.8.14

7 FORM – NO TITLE

Written down left hand side of form: Surname: Thomson Christian Name: Alec Leslie

Station or Troopship: Hospital

Admission into Hospital: 9/7/15

Discharge from Hospital: BLANK

Disease: Influenza

Number of Days in Hospital: BLANK

REMARKS ON NATURE OF DISEASE: BLANK

8 ARMY FORM B 103 Casualty Form – Active Service

Regimental Number: 9/103

Regiment or Corps: Otago Mounted Rifles 5ths

Rank: Trooper

Name: Thomson Alec Leslie

Enlisted: (a) 19.8.14

Terms of Service: (a) end of war

Service reckons from: (a) 19.8.14

Information shown in order as: Date; From whom received; place of casualty; date of casualty; Remarks

Taken from Army Form B213, Army For A 35 or other official documents:

11.7.15; 16th Stat Hosp; Admd influenza; Lemnos; 9.7.15; A36 C2524

BLANK; BLANK; Transfd 15th Stat Hosp; BLANK; 18.7.15; A36 C2654

25.7.15; 15th Stat Hosp; Admd enteritis; Mudros; 18.7.15; A36 C2603

1.8.15; 15th Stat Hosp; Transfd to Base; BLANK; 28.7.15; A36 C2740

31.7.15; St Andrews Hosp; Admd Gastro-enteritis; Malta; 31.7.15; A36 C2863

9.9.15; Commandant Malta; Died of enteric; Malta; 8.9.15; Extract cable WB1402 from Cdt Malta dated 9.9.15 A8033

Signed N Fitz Herbert CAPT OC Records Section New Zealand for DAG GHO 3rd Echelon MEF

STAMPED “FILE 17 NOV 1915 CAM”

9 NEW ZEALAND EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (Form No 3) Military History Sheet

Note: Two of these forms exist – compilation follows

No BLANK

Name THOMSON Alec Leslie 5MRO

Information shown in order as: Country; From; To; Days:

1 Service record: NZ; 19.8.14; 14.10.14; 57 days

1 Service record: At sea Transport No 5; 15.10.14 (actually departed 16.10.14); 3.12.14 disembarked Alexandria; BLANK

1 Service record: Egypt; 4.12.14; all else blank

10 Name and address of next of kin: Mrs Thomson (mother) St Clair father Thomas Thomson crossed out

Intended place of residence on discharge: St Clair Dunedin

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE OF No 9/103

NAME: Thomson, Alec Leslie

Information shown in order as: Regiment of Corps; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c; Rank; Dates; Signature of Officer certifying Correctness of Entry:

Otago Mtd Rifles; Attested; Pte; 19.8.14; A Bringans

BLANK; Admid hospital; Pte; 9.7.15; F M Pyle

BLANK; Died of enteric; Pte; 8.9.15; W H Shore ? Short?

10 HISTORY SHEET (EF Form No 3A)

Unit: OMR

Rank: Tpr

Surname: Thomson

Christian Name: Alex Leslie

No: 9/103

Occupation: Clerk

Religion: Presbyterian

Place of Birth: Dunedin

Date of Birth: 23.12.1893

Last New Zealand address: St Clair

Last employer: Kirk and Co

Name, relationship of next of kin (if not resident in New Zealand, insert also name and address of nearest relative in New Zealand): Mrs Ann Thomson Mother (Ings Avenue St Clair Dunedin crossed out)

Medal action

Surname: Thomson

Christian names: Alex Leslie

Rank at death: Tpr

Highest rank held:

Reg No: 9/103

Address:

Highest rank held in theatre of war:

Rank shown on discharge certificate:

Country resident in: In case of death, country next of kin are resident in:

Casualty or reason for discharge: Died of enteric

Legatee and address: No will on file

Nominated next-of-kin, relationship and address

Legal next of kin, relationship and address: Mrs E M Thomson (mother) Ings Avenue St Clair Dunedin G advise not found at this add 15/5/28

STAMPED MEDAL ACTION COMPLETE 22 SEPT 1923

Service Medals issued

1. 1914 – 15 Star

2. British War Medal

3. Victory Medal

PLAQUE AND SCROLL

Soldier’s name: Thomson Alec Leslie

Reg No: 9/103

Roll No: 513102

Scroll despatched: (Date) 1 JUL 1921

Plaque: 15 DEC 1921

Recipient and address: Mr A Thomson Ings Ave St Clair Dunedin

Written down left hand side “Cert posted 13.11.22”

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICES OF Thomson Alec Leslie No 9/103

Regiment or Corp: OMR

Rank: Tpr

Date: 12/8/14

Died of enteric: 8.9.15

Service

NZ from 12/8/14 to 16/10/14

Foreign from 16/10/14

Where soldier located: Died of enteric 8th Sept 1915 in St Andrews Hospital Malta Buried Pieta Cemetery Malta

Sick

Lemnos: Adm 16th Stat Hosp 9.7.15 influenza / trans to 15th Stat Hosp 18.7.15

Mudros: Adm 15th Stat Hosp 18.7.15 enteritis

Malta: Adm St Andrews Hosp 31.7.15 gastro-enteritis

Reference source

Agency AABK

Series 18805

Accession W5553

Box / item116

Record 0114018

Zack

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Hi all

Wow! Well - never expected to end up here! I still have four men to complete - which I shall do shortly. I'd be interested in any feedback from forum members as to how interesting/useful/frustrating this research feedback is as there hasn't been a lot to date. I know some people like Wayne have been very appreciative. I've a few observations of my own with respect to the state of the archives on which I've based this information and an overview of the Malta men which I will make at some stage after I've finished all the postings. The real 'meat on the bones' is of course "out there" somewhere with all the relatives of these young men who made the ultimate sacrifice. And dare I wish…..that some databases out there currently with incorrect information on these men take the opportunity to correct it.

Thanks for viewing everyone!

Regards

Zack

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