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Victor James Christophers

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Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Victor James AWMM
  • Surname
    Christophers AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 9/549 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 January 1886 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Tweed Street, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 A. Christophers, Tweed Street, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/549 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Clerk AWMM
    OtagoNew Zealand 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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5 feet 8 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Chest measurement, WWI AWMM
      35 AWMM
    • Chest expansion, WWI AWMM
      37 AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      157 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Anthony and Juliet Mary Christophers.

    One of four brothers to serve in the First World War: Herbert (Bert) Henry Christophers (24/7), Julian Anthony Christophers (45998), Reginald (Reg) Gillon Christophers (60286). 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. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    31 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    No. 2 Outpost Cemetery, Turkey AWMM A.7 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Having visited Turkey, Belgium, France and many other battled fields, it wasn't until settling in NZ in 2000 that ANZAC settled with me. Standing in an ANZAC assembly at Southland Boys' High School in Invercargill and listening to the story of the four brothers, the Christophers, brought the true meaning of ANZAC to me. Victor, Herbert, Julian and Reginald Christophers you are forever held in the hearts of the school community. Aroha.
    Public - brenda - 24 April 2020
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  • Hi Victor. I visited you in 2015 in April and spoke of you onboard the Queen Elzabeth in an ANZAC Dawn ceremony on the 24th as the stern was nudged into ANZAC Cove. I visted your grave and also where you fell. You were the same age as my son at the time of your death and I can understand your reticence in the last letter you wrote to your mum and dad about the 'death struggle' you were involved in. As you quoted, 'where every prospect pleases and only man is vile' That was the 23rd of May 1915 - A day before the truce to bury the dead of both sides. I have forged a friendship with the grandson of one of your former foes. We agreed to make the world a better place for us all to line in. Be at peace.
    Public - Herbert Dean - Other relative - 27 April 2017
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
01 November 2021Ian Banks Taumarunui New ZealandResearcher
24 April 2020brendainvercargillOther
27 April 2017Herbert DeanWellington NZOther relative
02 January 2017AllanRotoruaResearcher

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