NEW ZEALAND WAR DEATHS
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|3/323||GILCHRIST||William Louis John (Jack)||L/Corporal||25Oct1914||30||NZMedCorp|
|101 1021?||WEBB||Ernest John Herbert||Lieutenant||17Nov1914||32||NZMedCorp|
NZ Herald - Monday Jul 28, 2014
The gravestone of a young soldier mourned as New Zealand's first casualty of World War I is so weathered that details of his sacrifice have been erased by time.
Sapper Robert Arthur HISLOP, 21, was critically injured when he fell from the Parnell rail bridge on the night of August 13, 1914 - eight days after New Zealand joined Britain in war against the German Empire. Hislop, a Territorial and member of the New Zealand Corps of Railway Engineers, died from his injuries on August 19.
He was buried in Waikumete Cemetery with full military honours after being described as New Zealand's first casualty of World War I.
Cemetery records show that his gravestone bears the words: "In memory of Sapper Robert Hislop No 2 Company North Island Railway Battalion NZ Engineers the first NZ soldier to give his life during the Great War accidentally killed while on duty guarding the Parnell bridge." But the words and symbols are no longer visible on the worn headstone.
Though Hislop's death was reported as New Zealand's first war casualty, the Ministry of Defence considers that unfortunate honour belongs to Ludolph Edwin Wynn WEST, a 19-year-old gunner who died from pneumonia at Awapuni Mobilisation Camp on August 25, 1914. The historic acknowledgment only came in 2006.
His burial plot in Palmerston North's Terrace End Cemetery is an official war grave.
In contrast, Hislop's sad-looking plot sprouts weeds through cracks in his concrete mound.
A Ministry of Culture and Heritage spokesman said the question of whether Hislop should be considered a war casualty hinged on whether he was enlisted at the time of his death.
"We would need to do a bit of research on this case so there is no quick answer available."
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
WEST, LUDOLPH EDWIN WYNN
Service No: 2/372
Date of Death: 25/08/1914
Regiment/Service:New Zealand Field Artillery
Grave Reference: Block 17, Plot 8
Cemetery: PALMERSTON NORTH (TERRACE END) CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Ludolph Georg and Alice West (nee Greenwood) of Palmerston North. Born at Palmerston North.
The New Zealand Genealogist June 2014 - p104
The first New Zealander to die in World War One, John REARDON of Kaikoura, was a sailor the ill-fated Australian submarine AE1 that sunk off the Duke of York Islands in New Britain. The submarine and the bodies within it have not yet been found.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
Rank: Able Seaman
Service No: 7474
Date of Death: 14 November 1914
Regiment/Service:Royal Australian Navy
H.M.A. S/M. "AE1"
Panel Reference: 4
Memorial:PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL - CANBERRA
Roll of Honour - John Reardon
Service Number: 7474
Rank: Able Seaman
Unit: HMAS AE 1
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of death: 14 September 1914
Place of death: St George's Channel, New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Cause of death: Accidental (Drowned in accidental loss of vessel)
Cemetery or memorial details: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Source: AWM144 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Royal Australian Navy
Manawatu Times, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 12906, 1 October 1914, Page 2
THE MISSING SUBMARINE. MELBOURNE Sept. 19:
The following are the officers and men of the missing submarine, AE1:
Lieut.-Commander Thomas F. BESANT, son of Mr F. Besant, of St John's Gardens, Lodbroke avenue, London, W.
Lieutenant Hon. Leopold SCARLETT, brother of Lord Abinger, Rowham House, Hants, England.
Petty-officer Robert SMAILL, son of Mrs Elizabeth Smaill, Dank street, Albert Park, Melbourne.
Petty-officer Henry HODGE, whose wife, Mrs Ida Louisa Hodge, lives at Princess street, Landport, Portsmouth.
Petty-officer William TRIBE, wife, Mrs Kate Tribe, living at Stamshaw road, Northsea, Portsmouth.
Petty-officer Thomas GUILBERT, whose wife, Mrs Violet Victoria Guilbert, is at Liverpool road, Fratton, Portsmouth.
Leading Seaman Gordon CORBOULD, son of Mrs Alice Corbould, Asheldone, Essex street, Epping, Sydney.
Seaman John REARDON, son of Mrs Reardon, Kaikoura, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Seamen Sered W. WOODLAND, son of Mrs Emma Helen Woodland, South Island, New Zealand.
Seaman Jack FARMAN, son of Mrs Elizabeth McGRATH, Carlisle st., Balaclava, Victoria.
Seaman James B. THOMAS, whose wife, Mrs Emma Thomas, lives at Petersham road, Marrickville, Sydney.
Seaman Arthur H. FISHER husband of Mrs Lily Fisher, Coburg street, Fratton, Portsmouth.
Seaman Frederick DENNIS, whose wife, Mrs Florence Lillian Dennis, lives at Hilhead Villa, Leighton, Newton Abbot, Devon.
Seaman George HODGKIN, son of George Hodgkin, Platt's Heath, Sandway, near Maidstone, Kent.
Signalman George DANCE, husband oĢ Mrs Elizabeth Dance, West st., Southsea, Hants, England.
Telegraphist Cyril L. BAKER, son of Mrs Albert Baker. Elizabeth st, Launceston, Tasmania.
Artificer Thomas F. LOWE, husband of Mrs Mary Priscilla Lowe, Brisbane street, North Sydney.
Artificer John A.MARSHLAND, whose wife, Mrs Nellie L. G. Marshland, lives at Waterloo House, Clifford street, Southampton, England.
Artificer Joseph W. WILSON, husiband of Mrs Elizabeth H. C. Wilson, Kingston, Portsmouth.
Artificer James A. FETTES, son of Mrs Margaret Fettes, Wishbeach st., Rozelle, Sydney.
Artificer John MESSENGER, son of Mrs Isabell Messenger, Humphrey St., Ballarat, Victoria.
Chief Stoker Harry STRETCH, whose sister, Mrs Emma Usher, lives in Upperton road, Guilford, Surrey.
Stoker Petty-Offieer John J. MALONEY, whose wife, Mrs Beatrice May Maloney, lives at John street, Waterloo, Sydney.
Stoker Petty-Officer F. WRIGHT, son of Mrs Jane Wright, Chesterton road, North Kensington, London, W.
Stoker Petty-Officer William WADDYLOVE, son of Mrs Mary Waddylove, Brighton street, Richmond, Melbourne.
Leading Stoker Sydney G. BARTON, husband of Mrs Emily Elizabeth Barton, Colne road, Twickenham, Middlesex, England.
Leading Stoker John MEEK, husband of Mrs Maud Meek, Newberry Terrace, Ley street, Illford, Essex, England.
Leading Stoker William GUY, whose wife, Mrs Ada Lydia Guy, lives at Cross street, Southsea. Hants, England.
Stoker Percy L. WILSON, nearest relative, wife, Mrs May Wilson, Ada Villas, Newtown, Sydney.
Stoker John J. BRAY, son of Mrs Alice Bray, Reglegge road, Eaglehawk, Victoria.
Stoker Ernest BLAKE, son ef Edward Blake, Brighton Terrace, Sandgate, Brisbane.
Stoker Richard B. HOLT, son of Mrs Emma Holt, Battersea, Park road, London.
Stoker James GUILD, son of William Guild, Abbot street, Craigie, Perth, Scotland.
Stoker Henry J. GOUGH, whose wife, Mrs Dorothy Ada Gough, lives in St. Leonard's Square., Kentish Town, London.
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