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Full Name: Charles James Lankey
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): Charles James
Surname: Lankey
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 24/2019
Date of Birth: 7 October 1878
Place of Birth: Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Rifleman
Occupation before Enlistment: Bushman
Next of Kin: Miss Dorothy Maren Pedersen (friend), Club Hotel, Marton, New Zealand
Enlistment Date: 16 November 1915
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit: 4th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company
Embarkation Date: 4 March 1916
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Willochra or Tofua
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: 26
Page on Nominal Roll: 32
Other Units: Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2 Battalion
Last Unit Served: Canterbury Infantry Regiment
Place of Death: No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England
Date of Death: 22 October 1916
Age at Death: 38
Year of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England
Grave Reference: Plot A, Row 1, Grave 9
Biographical Notes:
  • "Charles Lankey was wounded in action on 21 September near Flers on the Somme with gunshot wounds to the right leg. It was necessary for his leg to be amputated below the knee, and immediate evacuation to England was arranged by him."(Church, p.118)
  • He arrived at No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst on 28 September 1916 and died one month later from a popliteal aneurysm.
Description of Image: NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References: No 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
  • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Lymington, Hampshire: The author.
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