FYFE, Christopher Hume
(Service number 45440)
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|Date||20 June 1888||Place of Birth||Timaru|
|Date||23 January 1917||Age||28 years|
|Address at Enlistment||Rona Bay, Wellington|
|Previous Military Experience||Timaru High School Cadets - left school|
|Next of Kin||Mrs J. FYFE (mother), 78 Wilson Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
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Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Traveller, company manager
|Date||27 August 1964||Age||76 years|
|Place of Death||New Plymouth|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Taranaki Crematorium, New Plymouth; ashes interred in Garden of Remembrance|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Christopher Hume Fyfe , known as Christie, was born on 20 June 1888 at Timaru, the youngest son of Scottish parents, Thomas Webster Fyfe and his second wife, Jane (Jean, née Craigie) Fyfe. Thomas’ first wife, Margaret née Craigie, died not ten months after she, Thomas and their little daughter arrived in New Zealand. She was buried at Timaru, Jane and Thomas and some of their family in the same plot. Christie was educated at Gleniti (Wai-iti) and Waimataitai schools.
Both Christopher and his brother Alfred were listed on the 1st Division Reserve Rolls in 1916, Christopher at Wellington and Alfred at Timaru. They then enlisted on the same date, 23 January 1917, at Wellington and Timaru respectively. He had served with the Timaru High School Cadets until he left school. Christopher Fyfe had been medically examined for service in May 1916 at Waimate, but rejected as unfit on account of his vision. He was now volunteering for Home Service. A grain buyer, residing at Rona Bay, Wellington, he nominated his mother as next-of-kin.
Christopher Hume Fyfe married Laura Eileen Connell in 1919 at Gisborne. He died on 27 August 1964 at New Plymouth and was cremated there, his ashes being interred in the Garden of Remembrance. His eldest brother, Thomas Camperdown Fyfe, served with the New Zealand Forces, while another, Charles Marshall Fyfe, served with the Australian Forces, and yet another, Alfred James Fyfe, also enlisted with the New Zealand Forces.
NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [13 April 2020]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [28 December 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [13 April 2020]; New Plymouth Cremation record (New Plymouth District Council) [28 December 2020]; NZ WWI Reserve Rolls [28 December 2020]
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