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Henry Herbert Gill

Family group, WW1, Bert, Sophie and infant daughter Nancy (photographs kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions

Family group, WW1, Bert, Sophie and infant daughter Nancy (photographs kindly provided by family) - …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Gill AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bert Gill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 62300 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    16-06-1885 Public - Theresa - Other Relative - 17 March 2015 - Military Personnel file
  • Place of birth
    Blenheim Public - Theresa - Other Relative - 17 March 2015 - Military Personnel file
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Pre 1917 AWMM 109 Eden Terrace, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Selkirk Street,
      New Zealand Public - Theresa - Other Relative - 17 March 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs F.S. Gill (wife), 27 George Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 13 October 1917 AWMM Married AWMM
      Married, 1 child AWMM
    • Married Frances Sophia Brewster
      officiating clergyman Rev. Bamford.

      1 Child, Nancy Erica Gill born 28/03/17 Public - Theresa - Other Relative - 17 March 2015 - Military Personnel File


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 62300 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1917 AWMM Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    32 Public - Theresa - Other Relative - 17 March 2015 - Military Personnel File


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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Was seriously wounded in France and then admitted to a military hospital in Rouen. 2 October 1918. AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Henry "Bert" Gill was the son of William and Maria Gill, of Grovetown, near Blenheim, Marlborough Province. Husband of Frances Sophia.

    His brother, William Gill (31490) also served during WW1

    Bert Gill was living and working in Hamilton at the time of his call-up (conscripted by ballot) in June 1917

    While he was in camp at Featherston, Sophie, his wife and infant daughter Nancy moved to Palmerston North where Sophia’s mother and sister were living.

    In his final letter home, dated 30 September 1918, Bert was still optimistic about returning to his family, including the daughter who was just 6 months old when he left New Zealand in October 1917.

    CWGC lists age at death as 33 years

    Auckland Museum. Gallery. Scars on the Heart, World War 1. "On the Fringe of Hell, New Zealanders' on the Western Front ", Diggers and Fern Leaves Display. Display items are a bunk bed, I.D. discs, cigarette papers, matchbox holder, lighter, leather belt, badges.

    AWMM Auckland War Memorial. Gallery. Scars on the Heart World War 1. "Remember, A generation of men lost" display. Display item is a letter from Bert Gill to his wife in New Zealand, dated 30 September 1918 sent from Roen, France. A quote from one of the letters reads: "Had a lovely dream the other night. I dreamt I was back, if only it was true, and I was talking to [our daughter] Nancy. What fun I was having with her, just how she would be now too. I can picture her to a T, I woke up and suddenly discovered I was laying in France with a dam lump of dirt sticking ot my back, and a couple of dam shirt rats giving me hell ... I could've cried" AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 October 1918 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    33 Public - Theresa - Other Relative - 17 March 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime, France AWMM F. 17A. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Grovetown War Memorial, Grovetown AWMM
    • Marlborough War Memorial, 20 Seymour Street, Blenheim, 7201 AWMM
    • Borough of Blenheim Roll of Honour, Marlborough Museum. 26 Arthur Baker Pl, Redwoodtown, Blenheim 7201 AWMM
    • Marlborough Great War Memorial, WW1 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Public - Theresa - Direct descendant - 24 April 2017
  • In loving memory to my great grandfather. Your memory lives on.
    Public - Jacinta - Direct descendant - 25 April 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      72: 11 AWMM
    • Gill, Henry Herbert. Papers, 1917 - 1942. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 1130. 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
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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24 April 2017Theresa Auckland newzealandDirect descendant
25 April 2016Jacinta Australia Direct descendant

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