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Walter Vernon Herford

Headstone, Otahuhu Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery Memorial Park (Photo Paul Baker 2008) - No known copyright restrictions

Headstone, Otahuhu Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery Memorial Park (Photo Paul Baker 2008) - No known c …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Vernon AWMM
  • Surname
    Herford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Orakau (31 March 1864) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Militia AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Was a Barrister in South Australia before enlistment

    Promoted to Major in 1864, reported in Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2115, 30 April 1864, Page 4

    During the seige of Orakau, then-Captain Herford was shot in the forehead and was presumed dead. Upon being brought to the surgeon, who also pronounced him dead, Herford began to show signs of life. Having lost an eye due to his wounds, Herford appeared to make a complete recovery and was promoted to Major. Shortly, however, Herford relapsed and died. The post mortem revealed that the bullet had remained in his skull and caused an abscess which, in turn, caused his death.

    Died at his home, nursed by his wife

    Firing party supplied by the Colonial Transport Corps to shich he was attached AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 June 1864 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    OtāhuhuAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Holy Trinity Memorial Park (formerly Otahuhu Anglican Cemetery), Church Street & Luke Street, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2167, 30 June 1864, Page 3 AWMM
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