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Arthur Desmond Herrick

Portrait of Lieutenant Arthur Desmond Herrick, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 1 / F758 26. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant Arthur Desmond Herrick, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 1 / F758 26. Image i …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Desmond AWMM
  • Surname
    Herrick AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11/271 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 October 1881 Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 14 August 1914 AWMM Herbertville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs E. Herrick (mother), Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/271 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      Citation for Military Cross (MC): "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his machine gun detachment with great courage and ability throughout the operations, thereby affording most effective help to his regiment." (London Gazette, 3 March 1917, p. 2199) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Twice AWMM
      Citation for Mentioned in Despatches (MID): "For gallant and distinguished conduct in the field or for other valuable services. General A.J. Murray's despatch dated 1st March 1917. (Commander-in-Chief, Egyptian Expeditionary Force)" (London Gazette, 6 July 1917, p. 6774) Citation for Mentioned in Despatches (MID): "Mentioned in General E.H.H. Allenby's despatch for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty while under his command. (Egyptian Expeditionary Force)" (London Gazette, 14 June 1918, p. 7058) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 14 August 1914 AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Jasper L. Herrick, of Hawke's Bay.

    Gained commission as Second Lieutenant on 30 May 1915 (Studholme 1928).

    Promoted to Captain on 8 October 1917 (Studholme 1928).

    Temporary Officer Commanding, 6th Squadron, [?Wellington Mounted Rifles] (Studholme 1928).

    "Was educated here from 1892-1897. On leaving he started sheep-farming and at one time achieved fame as a keen and successful gentleman rider. He enlisted on the outbreak of war, leaving New Zealand with the Expeditionary Force as a trooper in the 9th Squadron, Wellington Mounted Rifles. He won his commission on the field at Gallipoli, but was invalided to England in the latter half of the same year. Returning to the East in March, 1916, he rejoined his regiment in Egypt and took part in all the fighting in Palestine up to the time of his death. When in command of a Lewis gun section at Gaza he did valuable work, for which he was awarded the M.C. Early in 1917 he received promotion to the rank of Captain, was once wounded and three times mentioned in despatches. After leading a successful cavalry charge at Ayum Kara, he was killed on November 14th, 1917." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 November 1917 AWMM
    PalestineMiddle East AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel AWMM B.52. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Ayun Kara Memorial (destroyed), Palestine AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 325 AWMM
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      p. 142. AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      Studholme, J. (1928). p. 151. AWMM
    • Powles, C.G. (1922). The New Zealanders in Sinai and Palestine. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM
      Ayun Kara Memorial (since destroyed) erected at the site of the original burials to remember those who died 14 November 1917, p. 264 AWMM
    • Williams, E. G. (1914-1918). [Williams Album 3]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-212. 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. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM


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