(Service number 8/3467)
|Aliases||Born Henry ANNALS. Enlisted as William Henry ANDREWS. Personnel File states 'Identical with Annals Henry'.|
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||16 December 1880||Place of Birth||Geraldine, South Island|
|Date||27 October 1915||Age||32 yrs 10 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Fearnley(?) Coffee Pallace, Palmerston North|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||W. KING (friend), Geraldine|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 9 stone 5 lbs. Chest 32-35 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair light brown. Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart and lungs all normal. Limbs and chest well formed. Full movement of joints. teeth good. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Cavvinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||9th Reinforcements Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company|
|Date||8 January 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Reported wounded on 15 September 1916.
|Date||15 September 1916||Age||36|
|Place of Death||Somme, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France|
|Memorial Reference||VIII. E. 12.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru (as W H ANNALS); Geraldine War Memorial (as W H ANNALS)|
Henry ANNALS was the eldest son of James and Sarah Jane (nee EVANS) ANNALS, of Pleasant Valley, Geraldine. His brother Frederick James ANNALS was also killed in action in the same battle and on the same date, 15 September 1916. Brothers Walter and George ANNALS also served WWI. Henry probably attended Belfield School near Orari. He is recorded as a ploughman and a labourer at Belfield in 1905-06, 1907. Following his death, attempts to find relatives or next-of-kin were unsuccessful. James ANNALS, who was later identified as his father, was resident at Pleasant Valley, Geraldine, care of Mrs S. Gale. Henry was killed in action, a decision made by a Court of Enquiry. He was previously reported wounded. No evidence of a will was found. His medals were sent to his father. His Personnel File notes 'deceased served under name of Andrews Wm Hy but it has been ascertained that he is identical with the son of the abovenamed [James Annals] (Henry Annals)'. Why did Henry enlist under another name? George Nelson GALE (son of Mary Harriet ANNALS and Samuel GALE) who was killed in 1944 in WWII was a nephew of Henry and his brothers.
Cenotaph Database [03 August 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0008811) [28 August 2013]; CWGC [03 August 2013]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA) [08 September 2013]; "Robert and Ethel Kezia Guilford" on 150th Anniversary William and Mary Benbow at http://winsomegriffin.com/Benbow/RobertGuilford2.html [August 2013]; SCRoll web submission by R Powell, 22 April 2016
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