(Service number 28847)
|First Rank||Corporal||Last Rank||Corporal|
|Date||14 September 1888||Place of Birth||Dunedin, NZ|
|Date||28 June 1916||Age||27|
|Address at Enlistment||Milford Temuka|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Marital Status||Stated he was single, but was married|
|Next of Kin||J Aldred (brother), Franklin St, Gladstone, Dunedin|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||18th Reinforcements, J Company Otago Inf Bn|
|Date||10 November 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington, NZ||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal & Victory Medal, & MiD|
|Military Awards||Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) twice|
Award Circumstances and Date
London Gazette, 28 December 1917, p13575, Rec No 1163: "Operations La Basse Ville 4th and 5th August 1917. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. As a stretcher bearer this man worked continually until utterly exhausted by carrying out wounded men from the advanced posts across difficult country. On each occassion he had to pass over open ground through heavy shellfire; he did this twice during daylight on the 4th under observation by the enemy."
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||24 April 1918||Age||29|
|Place of Death||Somme, France|
|Cause||Killed in action|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France|
|Memorial Reference||1 J 40|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Milford War Memorial; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial; Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories|
Son of James and Christina Aldred, of Dunedin, husband of Mrs. E E Aldred (later Hunt) of 46 Queen St Onehunga NZ. He attended the Union Street School Dunedin and had passed the 4th education standard - his address was given as Castle St Dunedin.
Prior to enlistment he was employed by M Gundea, Ohape, as a farmhand. He was medically boarded at Temuka 7 Jun 1916 by Dr F A Scannell and described as weight 160 lbs, height 5 foot 11 inches, of dark complexion, eyes brown and hair dark. His teeth were described as bad. He served in NZ from 28 Jun 1916 to 10 Oct 1916 and after arrival in England left for France 1 Feb 1917.
Ernest's war medals, scroll and plaque were sent to his NOK Mrs E E Hunt (ex wife), 4 Hill Street, New Market, Auckland."
Cenotaph (July 2013 & October 2014); Archives NZ; New Zealand Society of Genealogists Index Version 5
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Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald, Ted Hansen
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