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Ernest John Howard Andrews

  • Service number
    13/2156 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
3/4 portrait of Ernest John Howard Andrews, Reg No 13/2156, of the Auckland Mounted Rifles, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 6th Reinforcements. Killed in action in France on 30 September 1916. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-A24. No known copyright.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest John Howard AWMM
  • Surname
    Andrews AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    13/2156 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Thornton, Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    H.C.N. Andrews (father), East Tamaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 Aug 1915 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    13/2156 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 14 Aug 1915-19 September 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 28 AWMM
    Vessel was Tofua AWMM
    Trooper AWMM
    Auckland Mounted Rifles AWMM
    6th Reinforcements AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ernest Andrews was the son of Mr and Mrs Howard Crofts N. Andrews, Auckland.

    Ernest John Howard Andrews embarked with the 6th Reinforcements of the Auckland Mounted Rifles and was part of New Zealand's first period at the Somme in 1916. He was killed in action just months after arriving, on 30th September 1916. It is likely that Andrews was part of the New Zealand group that was given the task of capturing a trench system to the left of the village of Flers. This attack began on 15 September 1916 and culminated in attacks on Grove Alley at the end of the month. Regardless, he died in part of the offensive that has become notorious for its cost in human lives and lack of significant progress ("NZ Battlefields and Memorials of the Western Front" p 46).

    Auckland War Memorial Museum holds Andrews' medals and memorial plaque. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
  • Date of death
    30 September 1916 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Somme, Northern France, France AWMM
  • Death notes
    Somme, France AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
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  • Obituary

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • McGibbon, I. (2001). New Zealand Battlefields and memorials of the Western Front. London, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 16 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM