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Full Name
Ernest John Howard Andrews
Rank Last Held
Private
Forename(s)
Ernest John Howard
Surname
Andrews
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
13/2156
Gender
Male
First Known Rank
Trooper
Next of Kin
H.C.N. Andrews (father), East Tamaki, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Thornton, Whakatane, New Zealand
Military District
Auckland
Body on Embarkation
6th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit
Auckland Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date
14 August 1915
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Tofua
Destination
Suez,Egypt (19 September 1915)
Nominal Roll Number
Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll
16
Campaigns
Western Europe
Military Awards
  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
Last Unit Served
Auckland Infantry Regiment
Place of Death
Somme, France
Date of Death
30 September 1916
Year of Death
1916
Cause of Death
Killed in action
Memorial Name
  • Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes
  • Ernest Andrews was the son of Mr and Mrs Howard Crofts N. Andrews, Auckland.
  • Ernest John Howard Andrews embarked with the 6th Reinforcements of the Auckland Mounted Rifles and was part of New Zealand's first period at the Somme in 1916. He was killed in action just months after arriving, on 30th September 1916. It is likely that Andrews was part of the New Zealand group that was given the task of capturing a trench system to the left of the village of Flers. This attack began on 15 September 1916 and culminated in attacks on Grove Alley at the end of the month. Regardless, he died in part of the offensive that has become notorious for its cost in human lives and lack of significant progress ("NZ Battlefields and Memorials of the Western Front" p 46).
Description of Image
Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Anderson L.H. - Andrews W. (photo J Halpin 2010)
Archives NZ source
Further References
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • McGibbon, I. (2001). New Zealand battlefields and memorials of the Western Front. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the History Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
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