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Edith Annie Harris

New Zealand nurses on board the Rotorua, during World War I. Ref: PAColl-0321-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand nurses on board the Rotorua, during World War I. Sister Anderson is missing. Top row from left: Sisters Buckley, Wright, E J Harris, Nixon, Moore, Lowe, Siddells, Gibbon, Searell, Commons, Ingram. Next row: Sisters Scott, Mitchell, Fricker, Wilson, Curties, Davies, Sutherland, Samson, Chalmer, Cormack, Speedy, Dodds. 3rd row (standing): Sisters Bennett, Vida McLean, Young, Wilkie. 4th row: Sisters Foote, Crook, Livesay, Price, Edith Harris, Burke, Matron-in-chief Miss McLean, Clark, Nutsey, Captain Sutcliffe, Wilson, Matron Nurse, Butter, Bird, Pengelly, Stewart. Front: Sisters Inglis, Miller, McBeth, Smailes, Taylor (only face showing), Calder, Barnett. Taken by an unknown photographer on May 16 1915. Inscriptions: Verso - top centre - Group on boat deck of N.Z.S.S. Coup "Rotorua" May 16th 1915; Verso - centre - [Numbers corresponding to name list]; Verso - bottom centre - Nassau [illegible] / Miss Curtis, [illegible] Capt Denham, Nurse / [illegible], Nurse Davies - at Pyramids - June 26th 1915
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edith Annie AWMM
  • Surname
    Harris AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Smith AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/30 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 March 1884 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 Mrs S.B. Harris (mother), 54 Francis Avenue, Saint Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Mrs Sidney B. Harris, 54 Francis Avenue, Saint Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 8 April 1915 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 26 June 1916 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 22/30 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 3 August 1917 AWMM
    Posted to Retired List AWMM
    Sister AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Serial Number is recorded as 22/21 on Nominal Rolls, 22/30 on Archives New Zealand. Named Harris on Roll Vol 1 and then as Smith (her married name) on her second embarkation Roll 34 AWMM


About death

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  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
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  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    New Zealand Returned Army Nursing Sisters Association (Auckland) honours board, RSA Onehunga, Auckland AWMM

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  • Edith was one of 12 children born to Sidney Harris and Hannah (nee Gale) of Christchurch. She was born 1883. In 1916 she Married to Lieutenant Keith Glendinning Smith. He was Killed in action the following year in Belgium. If you are related to or have information to what became of Edith PLEASE make contact with me -- Many thanks
    Public - Leonard Harris - Researcher - 2 July 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 305 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      34: 27 AWMM
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM
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