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Herbert Henry Christophers

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Herbert Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Christophers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bert AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/195 AWMM
    • WWI 24/7 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 October 1888 Military Personnel File DunedinOtago Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Railway Engineer's Office, Ohakune, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs M. Christophers (wife), care of Dodds, Paraparaumu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/195 AWMM
    • WWI 24/7 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM
    5 years in the Cadets AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1914 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    Draftsman/Civilian AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand 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
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Other, WWI AWMM
      Severe dengue fever AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWI AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Complexion, WWI AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWI AWMM
      Dark brown AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 feet 8 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Chest measurement, WWI AWMM
      34 inches AWMM
    • Chest expansion, WWI AWMM
      36 inches AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Herbert Christophers was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Christophers, of Invercargill, New Zealand; husband of Mary L. Christophers, of Ohakune, New Zealand.

    One of four brothers to serve in the First World War: Victor James Christophers (9/549), Julian Anthony Christophers (45998), Reginald (Reg) Gillon Christophers (60286). They all attended Southland Boys High School and are commemorated in the 2010 nove; "Poppy Boys" written by Lynley Dear, the Southland Boys High School Archivist.

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France AWMM I. B. 7. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Railways Roll of Honour board. Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011. AWMM

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  • Continually seeing updated, colourised images of WW1 on various platforms, has reminded me that Herbert and his 3 brothers died in a conflict where their values were far from the current thinking about colony,king, country and duty.
    Their time was sadly short on this earth and I lament the possibility that I may have known them all, had they survived the War and lived to see peace reign in their later years.
    I have never forgotten the debt of gratitude I feel towards the Christophers Boys and only wish that the world was full of their descendants and not just the memory of their short lives.

    They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
    Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
    They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
    They fell with their faces to the foe.

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    Public - Herb - Other relative - 1 October 2021
  • In 2016, I went to Petone Railway Station for ANZAC Day. The dawn service was 100 years since the first commemorative service for Gallipoli for all you Railway men. I recently visited the church in Ohakune where you were married. St Johns is still there and looking very mellow in its old age. It is sad that you had no chance to return there after the war. I may have even known you when I was a young lad. I have read accounts of the time of your death as you lead your men forward in a travel trench. I am coming back. I will visit you again soon and your brothers as well. Be at peace.
    Public - Herbert Dean - Direct descendant - 27 April 2017
  • I was named after Lieutenant Herbert Henry Christophers. (Later promoted to Captain in Eqypt) He was my Great Uncle. Herbert was one of four Christophers boys to die in WW1. Herbert's name appears on the War Memorial in Ohakune and also in Wellington Railway Station where the memorial plaque is situated in the right side entrance which takes you to the office area. Bert as he was known, was in the Army reserve before the war and in August 1914 went to Samoa. On his return to New Zealand, he married in Ohakune (where he worked for the railways) before he was posted to Egypt. Herbert was shipped to France in April 1916 and died on the 2nd of June 1916 at the Somme just before the major offensive. I have visited his grave near Lille. In grateful respect Love Herb
    Public - Herbert Dean - Other relative - 17 February 2016



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
02 November 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
01 October 2021HerbChristchurchOther relative
27 April 2017Herbert DeanWellington NZDirect descendant

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