BELCHER, Ernest Wilfred
(Service number 15863)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||25 May 1893||Place of Birth||Kaiapoi|
|Date||5 April 1916||Age||23 years|
|Address at Enlistment||"Hackfall", Arundel|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd South Canterbury Regiment, C Company (serving)|
|Next of Kin||T. W. BELCHER (father), Hackfall, Arundel, South Canterbury|
|Medical Information||Height 5 feet 9½ inches. Weight 8 stone 13 lbs. Chest measurement 30½-35 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes gray. Hair black. Sight - both eyes D 6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. No ilnesses. free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Never absent from work through accident or illness.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||6th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company|
|Date||26 July 1916|
|Transport||Waitemata or Ulimaroa|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||N.Z. Machine Gun 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|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||19 June 1919||Reason||No longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in Action (gunshot wounds right foot)|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Gunshot wounds to right foot, with fracture of 4th metatarsal bone.
|Date||20 October 1974||Age||83 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Ashburton Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Area 256, Plot 6|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Ernest Wilfred Belcher was the son of Thomas William and Mary Jane (née Young) Belcher.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [23 July 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives New Zealand ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0013376) [24 July 2016], NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives New Zealand ref. AABK 18805 W5562 0127561) [24 July 2016]; Evening Post, 25 April 1917 (Papers Past) [23 July 2016]
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