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Full Name: Ernest William Vowles
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Ernest William
Surname: Vowles
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 32260
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Rifleman
Occupation before Enlistment: Jeweller
Next of Kin: Mrs E.N. Vowles (wife), 43 Wainui Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: 13th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company
Embarkation Date: 15 November 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 68
Vessel: Maunganui
Destination: Plymouth, England
Nominal Roll Number: 45
Page on Nominal Roll: 28
Campaigns: Messines
Last Unit Served: Otago Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
Place of Death: Belgium
Date of Death: 7 June 1917
Year of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name:
  • Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes: Ernest Vowles was the husband of Mrs. E. M. Beeby (formerly Vowles), of Auckland, New Zealand.
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories Panel Vosper, J.H. - Vilipate (photo J Halpin 2010)
Additional Information: New Zealand at the Front ( a magazine written and published and illustrated in France by men of the New Zealand Division) 1917 issue, page141.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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