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Herbert Henry Christophers
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