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Full Name: Vernon Edward Challis
Rank Last Held: Sergeant
Forename(s): Vernon Edward
Surname: Challis
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 12/3290
First Known Rank: Sergeant
Next of Kin: P.E. Challis (father), Grasmere, Invercargill, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Retreat, Lower Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Military District: Auckland
Body on Embarkation:
  • 2nd Reinforcements
  • 8th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation Date:
  • 14 December 1914
  • 13 November 1915
Place of Embarkation:
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
  • Willochra or Tofua
  • Suez, Egypt
  • Suez, Egypt
Page on Nominal Roll: 119
Last Unit Served: Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death: France
Date of Death: 23 June 1916
Year of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
Grave Reference: II. E. 173.
Biographical Notes:
  • Vernon Challis was the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Challis, of Invercargill, New Zealand.
  • Rank last held was listed as Temporary Sergeant
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
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