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Full Name: Henry Thomas Waller
Forename(s): Henry Thomas
Surname: Waller
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 23/948
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 1894
Place of Birth: New Zealand
First Known Rank: Rifleman
Next of Kin: Mrs Annie Waller (mother), Somerstown, Te Aroha, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Putaruru, New Zealand
Military District: Auckland
Body on Embarkation: 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: C Company
Embarkation Date: 9 October 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport:
Vessel: Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 753
Military Awards: Military Medal (MM)
Award Circumstances:
  • Citation for Military Medal (MM): "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty throughout the operations round Messines on the 7th and 8th June 1917. Rifleman Waller acted as a stretcher-bearer. He worked continuously day and night under very heavy fire, tending and carrying back wounded. He was conspicuous for his courage and cheerfulness and devotion to duty." (London Gazette, 16 August 1917, p. 8430, Rec. No. 2411)
  • "Rifleman Henry T. Waller, third son of Mrs. J. H. Waller, nurse, of Te Kuiti, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field. Rifleman Waller, who left New Zealand with the seventh reinforcements, was wounded on September 10. He took part in the Somme and Messines engagements." (from an article on Military Medal winners entitled, Recipient Reported Wounded, Auckland Weekly News, 4 October 1917, p. 19)
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Place of Death: Hamilton, New Zealand
Date of Death: 18 January 1971
Age at Death: 83
Year of Death: 1971
Cemetery Name: Hamilton Park Cemetery, 395 Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand
Grave Reference: RSA 07 089
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of James Henry Waller and Annie Waller.
  • Three sons served in WW1: Alfred Eric Waller (12/3499) died of bronchitis, Henry Thomas Waller (23/948) MM, and Leonard James Waller (24/1849) (KIA).
Archives NZ source:
Further References: McDonald, H. (2001). p. 330.
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