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Herbert Henry Christophers

  • Service number
    • 4/195 AWMM
    • WWI 24/7 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Bert AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Captain AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Herbert Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Christophers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bert AWMM
  • Service number
    • 4/195 AWMM
    • WWI 24/7 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    22 October 1888 Military Personnel File
  • Place of birth
    Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Military Personnel file
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Draftsman AWMM
    Railway Engineers, Ohaukune AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Railway Engineer's Office, Ohakune, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs M. Christophers (wife), care of Dodds, Paraparaumu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 Aug 1914 Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 4/195 AWMM
    • WWI 24/7 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    1914-1915 Star AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Pre 15 Aug 1914 5 years in the Cadets AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1914 AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 25 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    Vessel was Moeraki or Monowai AWMM
    Lieutenant AWMM
    New Zealand Railway Engineers 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
    • Other, WWI AWMM
      Severe dengue fever AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWI AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, WWI AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWI AWMM
      Dark brown AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 feet 8 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Chest measurement, WWI AWMM
      34 inches AWMM
    • Chest expansion, WWI AWMM
      36 inches AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Captain AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Herbert Christophers was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Christophers, of Invercargill, New Zealand; husband of Mary L. Christophers, of Ohakune, New Zealand.

    One of four brothers to serve in the First World War: Victor James Christophers (9/549), Julian Anthony Christophers (45998), Reginald (Reg) Gillon Christophers (60286). They all attended Southland Boys High School and are commemorated in the 2010 nove; "Poppy Boys" written by Lynley Dear, the Southland Boys High School Archivist.

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    27 AWMM
  • Date of death
    2 June 1916 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Somme, Northern France, France AWMM
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery name
    Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France AWMM
  • Grave reference
    I. B. 7. AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Railways Roll of Honour board. Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011. Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin 2017. AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary

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  • In 2016, I went to Petone Railway Station for ANZAC Day. The dawn service was 100 years since the first commemorative service for Gallipoli for all you Railway men. I recently visited the church in Ohakune where you were married. St Johns is still there and looking very mellow in its old age. It is sad that you had no chance to return there after the war. I may have even known you when I was a young lad. I have read accounts of the time of your death as you lead your men forward in a travel trench. I am coming back. I will visit you again soon and your brothers as well. Be at peace.
    Public - Herbert Dean - Direct descendant - 27 April 2017
  • I was named after Lieutenant Herbert Henry Christophers. (Later promoted to Captain in Eqypt) He was my Great Uncle. Herbert was one of four Christophers boys to die in WW1. Herbert's name appears on the War Memorial in Ohakune and also in Wellington Railway Station where the memorial plaque is situated in the right side entrance which takes you to the office area. Bert as he was known, was in the Army reserve before the war and in August 1914 went to Samoa. On his return to New Zealand, he married in Ohakune (where he worked for the railways) before he was posted to Egypt. Herbert was shipped to France in April 1916 and died on the 2nd of June 1916 at the Somme just before the major offensive. I have visited his grave near Lille. In grateful respect Love Herb
    Public - Herbert Dean - Other relative - 17 February 2016



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