NUTSFORD, Henry George
(Service number 28909)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||17 January 1896||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||28 June 1916||Age||20|
|Address at Enlistment||Sophia St, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs P.J. Nutsford (mother), Stafford Street, South Timaru, New Zealand|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||5ft 6in, 137lbs, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||18th Reinforcements, J Company|
|Date||10 November 1916|
|Transport||HMNZT 67 Tofua|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion|
|Service Medals||British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||11 June 1917||Age||21|
|Place of Death||Belgium|
|Cause||Died of wounds|
|Notices||Timaru Herald, 26 June 1917|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France|
|Memorial Reference||I.S. 12.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru, St Mary's Anglican Church, Timaru Memorial|
Henry George Nutsford was born in Timaru on 17 January 1896 to Priscilla Jane and Daniel Edward Nutsford. The couple were boarding house keepers in Sophia Street by 1914.
Henry was a saddler for Triggs & Denton who operated a leathergoods store opposite the Arcade in Stafford St when he enlisted on 28 June 1916. He was described as single, Anglican, 5ft 6in, and 137lbs, with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. He was posted to 18th Reinforcements, J Company and embarked at Wellington on 10 November 1916 on the Tofua, bound for Plymouth, England. He marched into Sling camp on 29 December 1916 and left for France on 1 February 1917. Henry suffered influenza and tonsilitis that February and did not return to the Field until 3 June. Just four days later he was wounded in action with gunshot wounds to the left arm and thigh. He died of those wounds at the No.2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station on 11 June, aged just 21 - a very short and tragic war.
Henry was buried in the Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France and is also remembered on the St Mary’s Anglican Church memorial.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [August 2013 and June 2021]; Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (http://www.cwgc.org/); http://www.dia.govt.nz/Births-deaths-and-marriages; Timaru Herald memorium 11 June 1918; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records [June 2021]
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Maree Bowen, SC branch NZSG; Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG
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