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Edward Vazey

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    • Edward AWMM
    • Edward Henry Patrick Public - Laurie - Other relative - 28 March 2020 - Family papers
  • Surname
    Vazey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Eddie AWMM
    • Eddie, Also known as Pat Public - Laurie - Other relative - 28 March 2020 - Family Papers
  • Service number
    WWI 26718 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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    WW1 E.H. Vazey (father), 12 Edwin Street, Newton, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWI 26718 AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Son of Edward Henry Vazey and Julia Vazey, of Newton, Auckland.

    Servicemen Edward Vazey (26718) and Edward Hector Walker (26721) were close friends; both were killed in WW1.

    Edward Vazey was related to Edward H. Vazey, Serial Number A/1821, who died in WW2 when the Neptune sank in the Mediterranean in 1941, during World War 2.

    H Company formed part of the 8th Reinforcements to the 4th Battalion. It left New Zealand in two drafts. The first draft left on 23 September 1916, aboard the Pakeha; the second draft left two days later on 25 September 1916, aboard the Devon. New Zealand Rifle Brigade lost 157 killed during June 1917 at Messines in France. Edward Vazey was one of these.The New Zealanders were part of a move forward at Ploegsteert Wood together with the 3rd Australian Division around mid June. On 12 June, following investigative patrols along the enemy front line, several posts previously occupied by Germans were taken over. Because of the broken nature of the new line taken up, patrolling was a feature of the utmost importance. It was necessary both to ascertain definitely the enemy's positions and also to keep vital communication links between our own posts. Three runners got special mention for having performed extraordinary feats in the open country under fire whilst on these vital missions.They were Riflemen E. Vazey, S.N. Managh and S.E. Johns. The fighting centred around the Sugar Refinery and other buildings on the Lys. By active patrolling the troops of the 4th Brigade pushed their front forward to the west bank of the Lys and as the advancement of posts was equally successful along the rest of the army front the British line was brought in close contact with the strong German defensive system known to us as the 'Warneton Line'. By 18/19 June the Brigade had moved to the Messines-La Basse Ville Road and had encountered strong enemy opposition, including heavy shelling and being drenched with gas.The action around 22 June is recorded by W.S. Austin: 'Brigade Headquarters moved from Nieppe to Brune Gaye and the Brigade immediately commenced digging continuous front and support lines and by bold patrolling gained control of the whole of the ground in front as far forward as the River Lys'.During this activity Vazey was killed. Some H Company sailed on the Devon AWMM
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About death

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    22 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
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    • Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Family grave memorial, Waikumete Cemetery, Auckland AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      41: 39 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. 326. 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. 2: Includes portrait 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


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
28 March 2020LaurieWellington, New ZealandOther relative
23 July 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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