DAVEY, Oral Edgar
(Service number 6/440)
|First Rank||Sergeant||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||31 August 1894||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||11 August 1914||Age||24 yrs|
|Address at Enlistment||James Street, Kensington, Timaru|
|Occupation||Clerk (Timaru Borough Council)|
|Previous Military Experience||Territorials.|
|Next of Kin||Caroline DAVEY, James Street, Timaru|
|Medical Information||Height 5 ft 10 in. Weight 146 lb. Chest measurement 35-37 in. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight & colour vision, heart & lungs normal. Hearing good. Limbs, chest well formed. Joints movement & teeth good. Free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No defects.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, Canterbury||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||8 May 1915||Age||20 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey|
|New Zealand Memorials||Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru South School Memorial Plaque; St Mary's Anglica Church, Timaru, Memorial.|
Son of William & Caroline DAVEY, of Kensington, Timaru. His brother Fred was wounded at the Dardanelles in May 1915. Oral must also have been with the first troops to leave from New Zealand. Oral was one of many keen and determined applicants at the Drill Shed on 11 August 1914. He was not one of those rejected, mostly for defects to the teeth and one or two on account of height; he passed the medical exanimation and was sworn in. The successful applicants were liable to be called up at any moment, and it was quite probable that they would leave Timaru in a matter of days for the central camp at Christchurch as part of the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment's quota. Ex-pupil of Timaru South School. Remembered at the 5 July 1915 meeting of the Timaru South School Committee. His name is inscribed on the tablet in memory of ex-pupils who fell in the great war, which was unveiled at Timaru South School on 18 September 1919 in a memorable and unique ceremony. "No nobler boys had left the shores of New Zealand than ex-pupils of the Timaru South School," said one long-term committee member. Employed as clerk in the Timaru Borough Council office.
Cenotaph Database [11 August 2013]; CWGC [11 August 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0031951) [08 November 2013]; NZ BDM historical records (DiA) [August 2013]; Otago Daily Times, 17 June 1915 (Papers Past) [22 July 2013]; Timaru Herald, 12 August 1914, 14 May 1915, 14 June 1915 & 6 July 1915, 19 September 1919 (Papers Past) [09 November 2013, 19 November 2013; 01 September 2014].
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