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Charles Victor Rhodes

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Charles Victor AWMM
  • Surname
    Rhodes AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWI 3/622 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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  • Waka
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  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Auckland, New Zealand Public - Pip - Other relative - 6 July 2018 - NZ birth Index
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 19 April 1915 AWMM Dominion Road, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • 1911 - Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand - Chemist. (1911 Electoral Roll)
      1911 - 96 Wellington Tce, Wellington, New Zealand - Chemist. (1911 Electoral Roll) Public - Pip - Other relative - 6 July 2018 - NZ Electoral Rolls
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • A. Rhodes (father), Seymour Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Father - Alfred Rhodes (son of James Ellis Rhodes & Jane Cowell). Auckland, New Zealand
      Mother - Esther israel (daughter of Ephraim Israel & Harriet Isaacs). Auckland, New Zealand
      6 siblings. Public - Pip - Other relative - 6 July 2018 - Military files
      Ancestry data
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 May 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/622 AWMM
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    WW1 19 April 1915 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Chemist/Civilian AWMM
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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Drowned AWMM

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  • Charles Rhodes was the son of Mr A. Rhodes, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.

    He was with No. 1 Stationary Hospital moving from Egypt to Salonika, and one of twenty nine crew and 182 troops lost on the torpedoed Marquette 23 October 1915

    Marama then transfer to Moldavia for Suez. Ship name "Marama" from The Evening Post, May 23, 1915 listing the nurses and officers on the passenger list. Transfer to Moldavia. A letter to the informant for this Cenotaph record writing about the handwritten text on the postcard showing parcels being off loaded. "The text, originally written in pencil on the back of the postcard, is also included. I have no information about who the writer was, but presume it was given or sent to my grandmother Mabel Langley (nee Rhodes), Victor's older sister.' I presume the gifts are being received at Port Said where the 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital was situated prior the attempted move to Salonika. Victor's service record shows that he 'rejoined' the unit at Port Said, from New Zealand on 2/8/1915 and embarked on the "Marquette" at Alexandria on 19 September 1915, just four days before he was lost in the torpedoing of the transport. " He also adds that a portion of the photo showing the Matron and sister was used on the cover of the order of service for "The Marquette Memorial Service for Nurses', on 28 October 2001. The service was held at the Hall of Memories, National War Memorial , Buckle Street, Wellington, and arranged on the Centenary of Nursing Registration in New Zealand. H.M.Transport S.S. Marquette under command of Captain John Bell Findlay left Alexandria Harbour, Egypt in the late afternoon on October 19 1915 for Salonica, Greece. H.M.T.S.S. Marquette was struck by a torpedo on the forward starboard side on the 23 October 1915 (Saturday).She sank in thirty minutes.Total loss of life was 167.She was a legitimate target carrying 22 officers and 588 other ranks of the 29th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery with its vehicles and animals, and staff (8 officers, 9 NCO's, 77 other ranks of the NZMC), equipment and stores of the No. 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital including the thirty-six nurses of the NZANS as well as the HT Marquette crew (95). A total of 741. She was also loaded with ammunition and 541 animals including many horses and mules. She was torpedoed off Platanona Point, 30 to 36 miles (57.5 kilometres), south from the anti-submarine net at Salonica Bay, which would have meant safety, by the U.35 under Lt-Cdr Waldemar Kophamel.[Wartime Disasters at Sea by David Williams]. The Marquette, official number 106972, was a 7,057 gross ton ship, length 486.5ft x beam 52.3ft, x31.3ft, one funnel, four masts, single screw, triple-expansion engines, 770 NHp and a speed of 14 knots. There was accommodation for 120-1st class passengers. Built in 1897 by A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Glasgow as the Boadicea for Wilson's and Furness-Leyland Line, she was launched on 25th Nov.1897. She was then sold to the Atlantic Transport Line in 1898.On 15th Sep.1898 she was renamed. Chartered to the Red Star Line with accommodation for 120-2nd class passengers.She was then employed as a British war transport and painted grey. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3, p.1090]


    Charles Victor Rhodes – 1885-1915

    Vic as he was normally called was born in Auckland, the 2nd child of Alfred and Esther Rhodes. He went to school in Beresford Street and attended the Tabernacle School attached to the Baptist Tabernacle. With his friend William Robinson, he was involved with the New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the West End Rowing club. He was apprenticed to Mr F J Cooper in Auckland and trained as a chemist. After training he served with chemists in Wellington and Wanganui.

    On his enlistment his next of kin was his father, Mr Alfred Rhodes living at Seymore Street in Ponsonby. After his death the notice in the paper was inserted by his loving, sorrowing mother on behalf of his sisters and brothers. Their home address was No 1 Dominion Road, Devonport.

    As a chemist he was attached to the Medical Corps. On 23 October 1915, the troop ship “Marquette” with crew, troops, animals and supplies on board was sailing in the Aegean Sea when it was hit by a torpedo. A total of 167 people lost their lives. Vic and friend William were among the casualties.

    Above biography was transcribed, researched and written by Margaret Nash of Panmure Branch of NZSG

    _____________________________ AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Aegean Sea AWMM
  • Date of death
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    • Mikra Memorial, Greece AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 613 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
    • Colin M. Gordon Album (1915-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-ALB-376. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM


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