Record detail

Full Name
Albert William Andrew
Albert William
South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Christchurch, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Body on Embarkation
6th Contingent
Embarkation Unit
19 Company
Embarkation Date
30 January 1901
Place of Embarkation
Auckland, New Zealand
South Africa
Other Units
  • Essex Regiment 1866
  • 116th Mahratta Light Infantry 1891
  • 50th Indian Army Brigade, Mesopotamia, 1917-1918
Military Awards
  • Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Four Times
  • Queen's South Africa Medal (Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 Clasps)
  • Order of St Stanislaus (Russia)
Award Circumstances
  • Mention in Despatches 1901
  • "... attached to 6th Contingent from Indian Staff Corps. In command during action at Mokari Drift, Caledon river, 27/09/01, and handled his troops very well" London Gazette dated 8/10/01
Last Unit Served
10th Contingent, A Squadron, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Place of Death
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Date of Death
19 April 1941
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cemetery Name
Bromley Cemetery, corner of Keighleys and Linwood Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
Biographical Notes
  • Albert Andrew was an officer in the New Zealand Volunteer Force in Christchurch when he became the first New Zealander to take advantage of a scheme which offered commissions in the British Army to officers of colonial defence forces.. He served with the British Army in India and transferred to the Indian Army.
  • During the Boer War he was seconded to the New Zealand Military Forces and was attached to the 6th and 10th Contingents.
  • He took an interest in military affairs and published several books on the subject. He was also an accomplished linguist, fluent in Persian, Arabic, Hindustani and Mahratti.
  • During World War 1 he commanded an Indian Army infantry brigade group in Mesopotamia and was mentioned in despatches five times. He was made CMG.
  • He retired from the Indian Army in 1920 and returned to Christchurch and was Chief Commissioner of the Boy Scouts' Association to 1929.
Description of Image
  • Headstone, Bromley Cemetery (Photo by Sarndra Lees)
  • Grave plot, Bromley Cemetery, (Photo Sarndra Lees)
Additional Information
This record has been created from details provided from Archives New Zealand's Archway database and indicates a personnel file is available at Archives New Zealand.
Archives NZ source
Further References
New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War. URL:
Sources Used
  • New Zealand Contingents to South Africa: Nominal Rolls, 1901
  • Stowers, R. (2004). Rough riders at war. (3rd ed.) Hamilton, NZ, The Author.
  • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, Roll of Honour Publications. | Auckland Museum