(Service number 23/991)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||18 March 1892||Place of Birth||Burkes Pass|
|Date||29 May 1915||Age||23 years 2 months|
|Address at Enlistment||Grampions Road, Burke's Pass, Mackenzie Country|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John ANNISS (father)Burke's Pass, South Canterbury|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 9 inches. Weight 166 lbs. Chest measurement 35-38 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight & hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth - upper plate, lower fair. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No vaccination mark. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. Fit.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||D Company|
|Date||9 October 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion, A Company|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
March 1916 pneumonia - admitted to hospital; doing well. 16 September 1916 received wounds. 5 October 1916 to Hospital Ship; 9 October embarked for England; Gunshot wounds to neck & back.
|Date||13 November 1916||Age||24 years|
|Place of Death||Southern General Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom, ex France|
|Cause||Died of wounds|
|Notices||Timru Herald, 18 November 1918|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Pidley (All Saints) Churchyard, Huntingdonshire, England|
|Memorial Reference||East Part, near North Boundary|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Fairlie War Memorial|
Edward Annis was born on 18 March 1892 at Burkes Pass, the son of John and Margaret (Maggie, née O’Neill) Annis, of School Road, Fairlie, South Canterbury. He was educated at Burke’s Pass School, where in 1900 in the Infants class he was awarded a prize.
On first registering for compulsory military training, he was rejected. He appeared to be a fit healthy young man, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 166 pounds. His sight and hearing were good and he was free of any health defects. Having enlisted on 29 May 1915 at Timaru, Edward embarked on 9 October 1915 from Wellington, bound for Egypt with the 3rd Battalion New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
In March 1916 he had pneumonia and was admitted to hospital in Egypt but he was doing well. Late May 1916 he left for France and marched into base at Etaples. But, less than a year after leaving New Zealand, on 16 September 1916 in the field, he suffered gunshot wounds to his neck and back. He was first admitted to the dressing station and then hospital at Etaples before being transported on the hospital ship to Oxford, England, where he was admitted to hospital suffering with cold. These wounds resulted in his death on 13 November 1916 in the 3rd Southern General Hospital at Oxford, England.
Three days later Edward was buried in a family vault at Pidley All Saints Cemetery, Somersham, Huntingdonshire, as was reported by Miss J. L. Broughton, of Bermondsey, London. His brother Walter was able to be present at his funeral. Edward was remembered by his parents, sister and brothers in 1917. One of those brothers was Walter who also served in World War One.
Initially his brother Walter, the executor named in Edward’s will, did not intend to seek probate, but in 1920 he did so. The delay was brought about by Walter’s being abroad on active service. This will, dated 29 May 1915, named Walter as the sole beneficiary, provided he was living. Edward Annis is remembered on the Timaru War Memorial Wall and on the Fairlie War Memorial. His medals – 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal – were forwarded to his father.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [02 August 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0008930) [02 August 2016]; CWGC [02 August 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [02 August 2016]; Temuka Leader, 1 May 1900, Timaru Herald, 17 & 18 November 1916, 13 november 1917, Star, 17 February 1920 (Papers Past) [02 August 2016]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [02 August 2016]
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Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald
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