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Full Name: Eric Tristram Harper
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): Eric Tristram
Surname: Harper
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 35694
Gender: Male
Place of Birth: Christchurch, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Sergeant Major
Occupation before Enlistment: Barrister and solicitor
Next of Kin: Mrs B.A.S. Harper (wife), 8 Kilmore Street West, Christchurch, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 26th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date: 31 May 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: Moeraki 31 May 1917
Vessel: Moeraki
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: 64
Page on Nominal Roll: 3
Last Unit Served: Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Palestine
Date of Death: 30 April 1918
Age at Death: 40
Year of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name: Jerusalem Memorial, Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel
Memorial Reference: Panel 1
Biographical Notes:
  • Eric Harper was the son of George and Agnes Harper; husband of Beatrice A. S. Harper, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Educated at Christchurch Boys' High School and St Patrick's College, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Member of the All Blacks rugby team which toured Britain in 1905
  • Played cricket in the United Club's first eleven and later for the West Christchurch Club
  • All Black in 1904-06
Description of Image:
  • Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918
  • Portrait, Obituary The Star, 9 May 1918
Additional Information: Moeraki then transhipped to "Port Lincoln" at Sydney for Suez.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
NZETC: New Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic page
Further References: Rugby Museum.co.nz rugby profile
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • The Star (Christchurch, N.Z.)
  • Allblacks.com 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.)
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