(Service number 6/1713)

Aliases Sydney Albert
First Rank private Last Rank Private


Date 17 March 1884 Place of Birth Godstone, Surrey, United Kingdom

Enlistment Information

Date 12 December 1914 Age 28
Address at Enlistment Waimate, New Zealand
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Henry Shirley (father) Blindley Heath, South Gotson (Godstone), Surrey, England
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 3rd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 14 February 1915
Transport HMNZT 17,18,19 Maunganui, Tahiti, Aparima
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War, 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

Post-war Occupations


Date 21 October 1917 Age 33
Place of Death Belgium
Cause Died of wounds
Memorial or Cemetery Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Memorial Reference XXV.J.12
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial.possibly on war memorial in Godstone, Surrey

Biographical Notes

Son of Henry William and Mary Ann Shirley (married Jun 1879, Godstone). Sydney emigrated to NZ in 1910 on the Ruahine. Other brothers left in England enlisted in the British Army and all survived. Sydney served in Gallipoli was hospitalised with Scarlet Fever. Served in France and died from wounds caused by a gunshot wound to the chest.


Auckland Cenotaph, CWGC, Historical BMD, PapersPast, NZ Archives War record

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