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Arthur Reginald Blennerhassett

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Reginald AWMM
  • Surname
    Blennerhassett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bennerhassett AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 23070 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • AWMM
    • 12 September 1890 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
    September 12, 1890 Public - Brenda Marjorie - Researcher - 18 April 2015 - birth certificate
  • Place of birth
    Cambria St Nelson New Zealand Public - Brenda Marjorie - Researcher - 18 April 2015 - birth certificate
  • Birth notes
    Father was Thomas Blennerhassett, draper, aged 40, born in Tralee, Ireland. Mother was Annie Blenner Public - Brenda Marjorie - Researcher - 18 April 2015 - birth certificate
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Blennerhassett (mother), 23 River Rank, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
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Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 23070 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    Citation for Mentioned in Despatches (MID): "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field during the period from 25th February 1918 until killed in action on the 4th November 1918. This officer during the above period displayed a remarkable coolness in action and an unfailing cheerfulness and devotion to duty that inspired those under him and assisted those above him on many occasions." (London Gazette, 11 July 1919, p. 8837, Rec. No. 3380) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 October 1915 AWMM Banker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Arthur Blennerhassett was the son of Thomas William and Annie Blennerhassett, of Wanganui.

    Embarked as part of the 12th Reinforcements to 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade.

    Gained commission as Second Lieutenant on 14 October 1916 (Studholme 1928).

    Promoted to Lieutenant on 14 April 1918 (Studholme 1928).

    Bombing Officer, 1st Battalion [?Wellington Infantry Regiment] (Studholme 1928).

    Assistant Adjutant, 1st Battalion, [Wellington Infantry Regiment] (Studholme 1928).

    "Went into camp with the 9th Reinforcements and, qualifying for a commission, sailed from New Zealand with the 18th Reinforcements in October, 1916, joining up with the 1st Battalion Wellington Regiment early in 1917. He fought through the Battle of Messines, where he distinguished himself in the capture of Blewen Mollen, a strong little redoubt defended by machine guns. Later that year he was wounded, but soon returned to his unit and saw a lot of fighting round Hebuterne and Gommecourt. He took part in the last offensive commencing in August, 1918, was at the capture of Bapaume and through the fighting as far as Le Quesnoy. Just outside this latter town he was killed by a shell on the morning of the 4th November, 1918. He had been appointed Adjutant of his Battalion in October, and promoted temporary Captain." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

    Text of the Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand: 'In Memoriam: The names inscribed upon this tablet are those of officers of the Bank of New Zealand who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919 waged against the nations of central Europe - Germany, Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria - who sought by force of arms to obtain world-wide dominion. In honour of their patriotism and valour. In admiration of their sacrifice. And in grateful perpetuation of their glorious and ennobling memory this monument is reverently dedicated. Their Name Liveth for Evermore.'

    Bank of New Zealand Staff Member. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    4 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Le QuesnoyFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France AWMM I.B.22. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand (Officers of the BNZ who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919), BNZ Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Wanganui Cenotaph Public - Peter - Researcher - 13 October 2017 - on site

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Bank of New Zealand officers who enlisted for military service in the First World War. Research completed by Paul Hickford (2014-2017). AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      43: 26 AWMM
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      McDonald, H. (2001). p. 34. AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      Studholme, J. (1928). p. 56. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM

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28 December 2016Jenifer Wairarapa New ZealandResearcher
18 April 2015Brenda MarjorieMaitland Vale, NSW 2320 AustraliaResearcher
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