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Full Name: Albert William Andrew
Forename(s): Albert William
Surname: Andrew
War: South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.: N/N
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 1866
Place of Birth: Christchurch, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Major
Body on Embarkation: 6th Contingent
Embarkation Unit: 19 Company
Embarkation Date: 30 January 1901
Place of Embarkation: Auckland, New Zealand
Vessel: Cornwall
Destination: 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: 75
Year of Death: 1941
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: Military personnel file
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.
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