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Reginald Gillon Christophers

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Roll of Honour WW1, Northern Wairoa RSA, Dargaville (photo Ivan Conlon, 2012) - No known copyright restrictions

Roll of Honour WW1, Northern Wairoa RSA, Dargaville (photo Ivan Conlon, 2012) - No known copyright r …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Gillon AWMM
  • Surname
    Christophers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Reg AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 60286 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 August 1882 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs R.G. Christophers (wife), care of J.C. Woodward' Westbourne Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    8 August 1907 AWMM Married AWMM
    Alice Mildred Vyner (married in Monterey California) AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 60286 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Civil Engineer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 feet 11 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Chest measurement, WWI AWMM
      34 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Chest, WWI AWMM
      37 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      160 lbs AWMM
    • Complexion, WWI AWMM
      Medium AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWI AWMM
      Brown grey AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Reginald Christophers was the son of Anthony and Juliet Christophers, of 258, Tweed St., Invercargill; husband of Alice Mildred Christophers, of 10, Centre St., Invercargill, New Zealand. Born at Dunedin.

    One of four brothers to serve in the First World War: Herbert (Bert) Henry Christophers (24/7), Julian Anthony Christophers (45998), Victor James Christophers (9/549). They all attended Southland Boys High School and are commemorated in the 2010 novel "Poppy Boys" written by Lynley Dear, the Southland Boys High School Archivist.

    "2ND-LIEUTENANT R. G. CHRISTOPHERS.
    Entered camp in June 1917, joining the 34th N. C. O. class. From October to January, he had charge of a platoon, in the 34th Rfts. Early in February, he was appointed officer commanding the 38th Specialists Coy. Under his direction the Specialists have acquitted themselves with more than usual credit. Both a t musketry and machine gun practice at Papawai, the 38th Specs, under this officer, established records. In the latter practice the high standard of 9 8 p. c. was reached by his company. Lieut. Christophers comes from a family, who have indeed answered the call, three brothers having paid the extreme sacrifice, in their country’s cause. Gunner V. J. Christophers machine gun section was the first of the is fighting family to fall, he being killed a t Gallipoli. Next Capt. H. H. Christophers, of the rifle brigade 2nd Battalion, was killed at Armentieres. Private J. A. Christophers, of the 1st Canterbury Battalion was killed in Flanders. Owing to the latter ’R death Lieut Christophers’ departure , was delayed from the 34th’s until the 38th." HMNZT 105 - The Remuerian : being a record of the voyage en route of the 38th Reinforcements (p.23). AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    13 October 1918 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    New Zealanders were just over the Cambrai St Quentin Canal near the village of Crevecouer. 8th Oct. Public - Herb - Direct descendant - 6 October 2018 - Family papers
    Extract from Rev Ronald Watson's letters. Presbyterian Pastor.
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM I. B. 1. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Yes I was awfully sorry to hear that poor Reg Christophers died. He went through the class with me at Sling Camp & when our training was only partially finished he applied to be sent to France as he could not be bothered with the continual training.
    Once, while we were having a spell during a hard days training he said to me “What do you think of all this tommy rot Spear?” and I agreed with him that it was tommy rot for we were doing slow march & turnings work that we had already done in NZ.
    He replied that he would get out of it “go out to France” which he did a few days later. Some weeks afterwards while I was at Bapaume I met an officer I knew & he told me he had just been up to see the last of Christophers. He died the following day & the officer who told me of it was blown to pieces about 3 weeks later.
    Christophers was waiting an opportunity to hop over the top with his men one day, & while a lull in the bombardment occurred he said “Righto boys into them” & over they went & shortly afterwards he was shot in the throat. He lingered for some days before death relieved him of his sufferings.

    H.W. Spears
    38th Reinforcements Public - Herb - Direct descendant - 6 October 2018 - H.W. Spears
    38th Reinforcements
    Holly was posted to the 38th Reinforcements of the New Zealand Division Ist NZEF in 1917. He sailed to England aboard the RMS Remuera (Troopship 105) and served in France on the Somme. Following the armistice he signed on with the British Army of Occupation in Germany. He was finally discharged in 1919.

    Transcribed and compiled by:
    W O (Bill) Harrington
    Christchurch NZ
    March 2013
    woharrington@xtra.co.nz
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Roll of Honour, Northern Wairoa RSA, Dargaville AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Invercargill War Memorial
      Southland Boys High School Public - Herb - Direct descendant - 6 October 2018 - Site visits

Roll of Honour

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  • With the anniversary of your death looming large, I look at my son and see you. I just wish we could have met. The Christophers family is meeting later this year with Quintin's family.
    His boy, John, will be 94 and we are celebrating his birthday with his children.
    I'll raise a scotch for you.
    Lest we forget.
    Public - Herb - Direct descendant - 6 October 2018
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  • I was here in Aucklad for this 2017 ANZAC Dawn Service. I was thinking of Julian at Passchedael. I was at your old school in 2016 as the Guest of Honour at Southland Boys High School ANZAC Assembly. They hold you in very high regard. I know now that dad, your son Philip, missed you dearly but I never got the chance to talk to him about you in detail. I knew Alice, your dear wife but I was too small to understand. She seemed such a sad woman from what I remember. She seemed so dignified and again, I am sad that I was not old enough to know her properly to talk about you. You live in my heart.
    Public - Herbert Dean - Direct descendant - 27 April 2017
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  • I was reading your letters to my dad, your son Philip, a little while back when I was on a journey to visit your younger brother Victor. Those letters are a wonderful insight to the person you were and know you were a loving husband and father. I wish I had known you. I'll come to see you again in France one day.
    Public - Herbert Dean - Other Relative - 4 July 2015
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      83: 13 AWMM
    • Dear, L. (2010). Poppy boys : an interpretation. Invercargill, N.Z.: Craigs. 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. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Scadden, J. (2018). Broken branches : New Zealand families who lost three or more children in the Great War. 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
19 April 2019GlennWellington, NZResearcher
06 October 2018HerbUpper HuttDirect descendant
27 April 2017Herbert DeanWellington NZDirect descendant

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