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Ernest Barnett Lockett

Portraits of South African War service personnel. St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co.p. 43. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portraits of South African War service personnel. St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Barnett AWMM
  • Surname
    Lockett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 93 AWMM
    • 4121 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 March 1869 Noel Smith Research Project
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr John Lockett, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa Labourer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Lockett was present at Kimberley Camp in February 1900. He returned to New Zealand aboard the S.S. 'Harleck Castle' in January 1901.

    In April of 1901 Lockett returned to South Africa with the 7 NZMR, 22 Company as Sergeant-Major 4121. He departed from Wellington aboard the S.S. 'Gulf of Turanto'. (Stowers, p.167)

    Lockett was severely wounded at Losburg, on the 23 August 1901, and his right arm was amputated 'when against tremendous odds he alone rushed the Boers and with great gallantry rescued a prisoner from them.' (Stowers, p.167). For this action he received the Distinguished Conduct Medal ('London Gazette' 11 October 1901) and was invalided to New Zealand in December 1901.

    Father was named John William Lockett. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 26 March 1943 AWMM
      Age 80 AWMM
      WaihiNew Zealand AWMM
    • 26 March 1943 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 75 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Waihi Public Cemetery, Hauraki District, New Zealand AWMM
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  • 12/03/2017 I am the GG Granddaughter of John Lockett. My G Grandfather John William Cruttenden LOCKETT was Ernest's brother. I have an original letter from Ernest's army mates, sent to his father, describing his gallantry when he lost his right arm in the battle. It is more a personal letter/account, rather than the official notification. I will scan the letter and add it to this website when I return to Australia. I will then sent the original letter to the Auckland Museum, where it can be held for all to see if required. Regards Yvonne
    Public - Yvonne - Other relative - 12 March 2017



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer : the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co. AWMM
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
    • This record as partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM


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