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Herbert Spencer Rutherfurd

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright rest …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Herbert Spencer AWMM
  • Surname
    Rutherfurd AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Rutherford AWMM
    • Herbert Spencer AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/3728 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 April 1880 AWMM MastertonWairarapa AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 October 1915 AWMM Anchorage, Aramoho, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    John Rutherfurd (father), Anchorage, Aramoho, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 January 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/3728 AWMM
  • Military service
    College Cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9.5 incjes AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      167 pounds AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light brown, baldish AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John and Sarah Josephine nee Payton Rutherfurd, of Stratford.

    "Here from 1891 to 1895, left at the early age of 15, though at the time high up in the School, and already in possession of numerous prizes. Although young, he was able to help considerably on the home farm in the Wairarapa, and latterly had land of his own up the Wanganui River, where he had been residing. He left this country with the 9th Reinforcements, and was in Egypt for about a month before going to France, where he spent a year and a half in the trenches before his death. His company took part in the capture of La Basseville, where he was shot by a sniper on August 1st, 1917, while helping to consolidate the position. In any work which he undertook, either church, civil, or military, he was always conspicuous for his unselfish devotion to duty. At the time of his death he held the rank of corporal in the Wellington Regiment." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School])

    Name spelled incorrectly as Rutherford on the Nominal Roll. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    31 July 1917 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM

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