(Service number 6/2984)
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank||Lance Corporal|
|Date||5 April 1876||Place of Birth||Nelson|
|Date||12 June 1915||Age||39 yrs 1 mth|
|Address at Enlistment||Waihao Downs, Canterbury|
|Occupation||Platelayer (1901, 1911). Labourer (1914, 1915)|
|Previous Military Experience||South African War - Private, 6th New Zealand Contingent.|
|Next of Kin||Miss C. CONNELL (sister), care of G. CONNELL, Tapu|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 8 inches, Weight 12 srone. Chest 36-39 inches. Complexion medium (fresh colour). Eyes blue. Hair fair (light brown). Sight, hearing, colour vision, heart lungs - all normal. Limbs & chest well formed. Joint movement good. Teeth - not good. Free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. Recommened for acceptance profided his teeth were put in good order (which he was willing to do), Apart from the teeth issue he was perfectly fit. Tattoo mark on left upper arm.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||7th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||9 October 1915|
|Transport||Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion. 12th (Nelson) Company|
|Service Medals||Imperial South Africa War Medal; Clasps - Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cupe(?) Antony. 1914/15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal.|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
27 September 1916 wounded in France - right shoulder. 3 October 1916 admitted to Hospital at Brockenshire, England. 23 December 1916 admitted to NZ General Hospital at Codford - injury to head. 30 June 1917 admitted to NZ General Hospital - septic knee.
|Date||27 March 1918||Age||42 yrs|
|Place of Death||Somme, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour|
Born in 1874 at Nelson. Youngest son of the late Basil & Amelia CONNELL, of Tapu, Thames. Legal next-of-kin - Mr Basil CONNELL, P. O. Tapu, Thames (probably brother Basil). Served from 12 June 1915. Promoted to Corporal in October 1915. About 1896 he applied to enrol for the New Zealand Permanent Militia. Served also in the South African War form 13 January 1901 until discharge after 1 year & 27 days of service (No. 3482). In 1901 he was described as of good character. On enlistment for WWI Herbert was working for the Waihao Downs Railway Extension. Buried in an Isolated Grave (10 yards N. E. of Windsor Lane, 44 miles N. of Albert). Notice re Medals was sent to his sister Miss C. CONNELL, Tapu, Thames, on 17 September 1921.
Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; N Z Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5515 0001121) [26 March 2014]; CWGC [09 October 2013]; ancestry.com.au [28 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 12 October 1916, 11 April 1918, New Zealand Herald, 12 October 1916, North Otago Times, 12 April 1918 (Papers Past) [26 March 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA) [26 March 2014]
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