MITCHELL, Andrew Alexander
(Service number 38974)
|First Rank||Sergeant||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||23 May 1889||Place of Birth||Dunedin (or Gore)|
|Address at Enlistment||Maltby Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Andrew MITCHELL (mother), Maltby Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company|
|Date||16 February 1917|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||2 Battalion, Canterbury Regiment|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Lost left arm
|Date||1 September 1975||Age||86 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Andrew Alexander Mitchell was the youngest son of Andrew and Helen (Ellen, née Dawson) Mitchell. He was born on 23 May 1889 at Dunedin (according to his military personnel file; another source says Edendale, and his birth was registered at Gore). Along with most of his siblings he was educated at Edendale School; the youngest, Gladys, who was born in 1900, started at Timru Main in 1907.
Andrew, junior, was living at home – Maltby Street, Timaru – when he enlisted. A clerk, single and Presbyterian, he named his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Andrew Mitchell, Maltby Street, Timaru. Sergeant A. A. Mitchell embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment, on 16 February 1917 per the “Navua”. He was severely wounded on 14 October 1917 at Flanders and lost an arm.
In 1918, he married Charlotte Elizabeth Cockerill (Lottie), who died in February 1949. Andrew Alexander Mitchell died on 1 September 1975 at Christchurch, aged 86 years.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 December 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [28 December 2021]; Timaru Herald, 27 October 1917 (Papers Past) [01 September 2021]
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