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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: HMNZT 28
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: Military personnel file
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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