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Henry Esau Avery

Portrait of Major Henry Esau Avery. Image sourced from Imperial War Museums' 'Bond of Sacrifice' collection. ©IWM HU 113098
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry Esau AWMM
  • Surname
    Avery AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry Essau Avery AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 11/420 AWMM
    • WWII 800237 AWMM
    • WWII 30280 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 October 1885 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1911 AWMM Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A.M. Avery (wife), Springlands, Blenheim, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • 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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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended Wellington College.

    Played rugby for Wellington, 1905-1910.

    Member of the All Black rugby squad that toured Australia, 1910.

    Enlisted 1911 to 1914

    Transferred to NZ Regular Army, 29 July 1919.

    NZ Representative at the War Office, 1920-21.

    Served at the Staff College, 1921.

    NZ Quartermaster General (QMG), 1922-24.

    Between WWI and WW2, Avery obtained a Ford franchise and established Avery Motors, one of Wellington's largest automobile companies.

    Retired from active service in 1924 but re-enlisted as QMG during WW2 and rose to the rank of Brigadier.

    Haigh, J., and Polaschek, A. (1993) incorrectly spell Avery's middle name as Essau, it should be Esau. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 March 1961 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
    EastbourneWellington AWMM
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