(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

Enlistment Information

Date 27 October 1915 Age 32 yrs 10 mths
Address at Enlistment Fearnley(?) Coffee Pallace, Palmerston North
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. KING (friend), Geraldine
Religion Protestant
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.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 9th Reinforcements Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Reported wounded on 15 September 1916.

Post-war Occupations


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)

Biographical Notes

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 [August 2013]; SCRoll web submission by R Powell, 22 April 2016

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