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Rex Clifford Abernethy

Portrait of Captain Rex Clifford Abernethy, Archives New Zealand, R24184310. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Captain Rex Clifford Abernethy, Archives New Zealand, R24184310. Image may be subject to …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rex Clifford AWMM
  • Surname
    Abernethy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 14185 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 October 1891 Military personnel file GoreSouthland Military personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 30 Montreal Street, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Reverend Christopher Abernethy (father), Grey Street, Woodville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1928 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 October 1915 Military personnel file
    Age 23 AWMM
    School teacher/Civilian Military personnel file
  • 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
    • 26 August 1915 AWMMHeight, WWI AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • 26 August 1915 AWMMWeight, WWI AWMM
      146 pounds AWMM
    • May 1917 AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Rubella May 1917, debility AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Rex Abernethy was the son of the Reverend Christopher and Georgina Elizabeth Abernethy, of Woodville and later of 363 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch. Husband of Kathleen Agnes (nee A'Court).

    Three sons served in WW1, two were killed - Thomas Mitchell Abernethy (55293) and Kenneth Shoreland Abernethy (14182) . The third brother, 2nd Lieutenant Rex Clifford Abernethy (14185) also with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade survived.

    Detached to England for a commission with the Indian Army in August 1917

    Seconded for Commission in Indian Army September 1917

    Discharged in England, (Struck off Strength) from NZEF 8 October 1917

    Commissioned to be temporary Lieutenant in Indian Army Reserve (120th Rajputana Infantry) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 April 1965 Military personnel file
    Age 73 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury Military personnel file
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      34: 28 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
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Scadden, J. (2018). Broken branches : New Zealand families who lost three or more children in the Great War. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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