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Full Name: David Ernest
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): David
Surname: Ernest
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 52398
Place of Birth: Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Farmer
Next of Kin: Mrs Annie Ernest (mother), Campbell Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Enlistment Address: Taneatua, Whakatane, New Zealand
Military District: Bay of Plenty
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 27th Reinforcements E Company
Embarkation Date: 12 June 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 87
Vessel: Tahiti
Destination: Devonport, England (19 October 1917)
Nominal Roll Number: 67
Page on Nominal Roll: 23
Last Unit Served: Wellington Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death: Somme, France
Date of Death: 3 April 1918
Age at Death: 27
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Biographical Notes:
  • Son of Thomas and Anne Ernest, of 48 Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland.
  • Brother of Thomas Ernest (21235), who died of wounds on 8 June 1917, in France.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used: Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918
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