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Edwin Hoffmann Blomfield

Portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Edwin Hoffman Blomfield MC. Archives New Zealand. AABK 18805 W5568 10 / 0135145. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Edwin Hoffman Blomfield MC. Archives New Zealand. AABK 18805 W5568 10 / 0 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edwin Hoffmann AWMM
  • Surname
    Blomfield AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Edwin Hoffman AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/150 AWMM
    • WWI 4/150a AWMM
    • WWI 11/1500 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1886 AWMM HastingsSussex AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 October 1914 AWMM Hastings, England AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J.H. Blomfield (father), Trinity House, 44 Robertson Street, Hastings, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 February 1918 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      Citation for Military Cross (MC): 3rd supplement "London Gazette' dated 11 October 1918: 'His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the Military Cross to 4/150A Second Lieutenant Edwin Hoffman Blomfield, New Zealand Cyclists Corps, New Zealand Expeditionary Forces, for conspicuous gallantry in the field. When his company commander was wounded during an attack, this officer took charge and led his company to the final objective, showing great skill and ability as well as fine courage and devotion to duty under heavy enemy fire. After consolidation he was particularly active in patrolling the area.' AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      London Gazette 14/10/1918 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 5 October 1914 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Seaman AWMM
    LondonEngland 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 12 pounds AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Tan AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hazel AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Septic sore hand - 30.8.15 - No. 2 GH, Hospital ship 'Dwanda' 12.11.15; admitted Royal Victoria Hospital 5.7.16; admitted 8 CCS (sick) 30,6,16; admitted Walton-on-Thames (melancholia), improving 3.11.16; Transferred Base Depot, Codford 21.11.16; Embarked RMS 'Arawa' for NZ 21.7.17. Returned to duty 2.18 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Ex British Section NZEF: he enlisted in England and invalided to New Zealand in 1917 to convalesce,returned to duty February 1918, embarking from New Zealand in 1918 for the war theatre. AWMM
    • Eddie Blomfield wrote a book about his experiences in Egypt, Gallipoli, France and New Zealand in WW1.
      I've illustrated it, and added a brief account of his life in New Zealand after the war. Public - John - Other relative - 26 April 2017 - A Xerox copy of his typescript, and family photos, and WW1 images from various sources.
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About death

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  • Death
    2 February 1968 AWMM
    DargavilleNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Edwin Hoffmann Blomfield was a first cousin of my father. I have photographs of E H B (Eddie Blomfield) and a typescript of his war memoirs which he wrote in about 1930. It is an extraordinary account of his experiences, and I wish to make an illustrated book of it. I would like to have good quality photos of campaigns he was involved in : Egypt 1915, Gallipoli 1915, Ypres 1916, Marfaux (France) 1918 where he was awarded the MC. Can you help? I have made a pdf of the 200 page typescriopt. Would you like to have a copy? I am in Auckland today (Mar 17th) and tomorrow morning, and back again for the last weekend of this month. If you would like, I could call in and meet whoever might be intetrested tomorrow morning. Otherwise I could post it to you via DropBox, or airmail a memory stick which I have with me.. Regards, John Blomfield
    Public - John - Other Relative - 17 March 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume IV. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      78: 9 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
    • The Le Quesnoy Campaign research was undertaken by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists as part of the development of New Zealand Liberation Museum - Te Arawhata (Le Quesnoy France). This research project was led by CJ Barbour (NZSG), BI Silvester, HH Farrant (NZMHS) with the support of NZSG volunteers (2022). The individuals included in this research data set were verified as serving in Le Quesnoy. AWMM


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26 April 2017JohnHyde, Cheshire, EnglandOther relative

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