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Edwin Christensen

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  • Service number
    26044 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Rifleman AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion, B Company AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edwin AWMM
  • Surname
    Christensen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    26044 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Methodist, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    10 March 1892 Military personnel file
  • Place of birth
    Bunnythorpe, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Military personnel file
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • WW1 Farmer AWMM
    • He worked on his father's farm. Public - Jenni - Other Relative - 31 January 2015 - New Zealand, "New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Records," Edwin Christensen AABK 18805 W5530 0024662; Archives New Zealand. Cit. Date: 3 Nov 2012. Cit. ID: CHRISTENSEN_Edwin_MIL_PersonelRecords.pdf.
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Lauritz C. Christensen (father), Putara, Eketahuna, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • Messines AWMM
    • Battle of Messines AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    26044 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    • 24 Public - Jenni - Other Relative - 31 January 2015 - Military Personnel File (DOB 10/3/92 seen in Religion field of the History sheet. Date verified by NZ birth certificate 1892/6336.

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 25 Sep 1916-21 November 1916 AWMM to Devonport, Devon, England AWMM HMNZT 64 AWMM
    Vessel was Devon AWMM
    Rifleman AWMM
    11th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, F Company AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Edwin contracted pneumonia while at Trentham before embarkation (3 Jun 1916-5 Jun 1916 in hospital). Public - Jenni - Other Relative - 31 January 2015 - New Zealand, "New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Records," Edwin Christensen AABK 18805 W5530 0024662; Archives New Zealand. Cit. Date: 3 Nov 2012. Cit. ID: CHRISTENSEN_Edwin_MIL_PersonelRecords.pdf.
    • He suffered from the measles while onboard the Devonport following the stopover in South Africa. Public - Jenni - Other Relative - 31 January 2015 - New Zealand, "New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Records," Edwin Christensen AABK 18805 W5530 0024662; Archives New Zealand. Cit. Date: 3 Nov 2012. Cit. ID: CHRISTENSEN_Edwin_MIL_PersonelRecords.pdf.

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Rifleman AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 4th Battalion, B Company AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Edwin Christensen was the son of Lauritz Christian and Nielsine Christensen, of Putara, Eketahuna, Wellington, New Zealand. Formerly of Denmark. AWMM
    • Edwin was the youngest of 11 children born to Lauritz and Nielsine Christensen, but the only one born in Bunnythorpe. The rest were born in Le Bons Bay, Banks Peninsula, where the family first settled after arriving in New Zealand in 1873 on board the Punjaub. Public - Jenni - Other Relative - 31 January 2015 - Family research. Family Search indexing project (batch) number:M20622-3 system origin:World-Miscelaneous-ODM; source film number:434802 [Immigration]. New Zealand Birth Certificates.
    • Edwin stood 5ft 7in, 32-36in chest, weighed 128 pounds and had blue eyes. Public - Jenni - Other Relative - 31 January 2015 - New Zealand, "New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Records," Edwin Christensen AABK 18805 W5530 0024662; Archives New Zealand. Cit. Date: 3 Nov 2012. Cit. ID: CHRISTENSEN_Edwin_MIL_PersonelRecords.pdf.
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    25 AWMM
  • Date of death
    7 June 1917 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Messines, Belgium AWMM
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM
    • He is named on the honours plaque in Eketahuna, NZ. Public - Jenni - Other Relative - 31 January 2015 - http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/eketahuna-war-memorial
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  • 100 years on this year. We will remember.
    Public - jenni - Other relative - 29 January 2017

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31 January 2015JenniAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative