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Full Name: Ernest Henry Dodd
Rank Last Held: Lance Sergeant
Forename(s): Ernest Henry
Surname: Dodd
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 54336
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 21 March 1880
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Rifleman
Occupation before Enlistment: Clerk
Next of Kin: Mrs Amy Esson (sister), C/o Mr M. Esson, Telegraph Office, Christchurch, New Zealand
Marital Status: Widowed, 3 children
Enlistment Address: 220 Cuba Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Physical Description: height: 5 foot 9 inches
Enlistment Date: 23 February 1917
Age on Enlistment: 36
Military District: Wellington
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 27th Reinforcements G Company
Embarkation Date: 16 July 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 88
Vessel: Athenic
Destination: Liverpool, England
Nominal Roll Number: 68
Page on Nominal Roll: 8
Campaigns: France
Military Awards:
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
Wounds and Diseases: Wounded slight in the head, April 1918
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death: Havrincourt, France
Date of Death: 11 September 1918
Age at Death: 38
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France
Grave Reference: IV. B. 16.
Biographical Notes:
  • Ernest Dodd was the son of Ada Mary Dodd and Frederick Henry Dodd
  • He was the father of Clifford Read Dodd (b 1905); Ada Lorna (b 1907) and Kenneth Jack (b 1913). His son Ernest is noted as his legal nok on the service record and his address C/o his guardian in Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • All Black in 1901 and 1905
Additional Information: Portraits on both New Zealand Rugby Museum and Nixon Pictures websites
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Military Service Record
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • website All Blacks A to Z
  • Chester, R., McMillan, N. & Palenski, R. (2005). The encyclopedia of New Zealand rugby. Auckland, N.Z. : Hodder Moa. (4th ed.)
Previous Military Experience:
  • Cadets
  • College Rifles
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