DAVEY, Ernest Samuel
(Service number 34593)

Aliases Ernie
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Sergeant


Date 22 May 1891 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin John DAVEY (father), Rangitira Valley, Temuka
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements G Company
Date 30 December 1916
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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

Wounded & admitted to hospital on July 29, 1918.

Post-war Occupations



Date 22 December 1969 Age 79 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 41A, Plot 68
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of John & Rebecca Maria (nee BRADDICK) DAVEY of Rangitira Valley. Married Elizabeth PORTER in 1920. Brother William John DAVEY was killed in action in 1916 at the Somme. Attedned Rangitira Valley School. Sergeant E. S. Davey was on the special troop train which reached the Temuka Station on 23 April 1919, and there the soldiers were met by a large crowd and greeted with a rousing cheer. They marched in procession to the Post Office, preceded by the Pipe Band, and there they were hailed as "one of the finest lot of boys that had reached Temuka." The Mayor added "The men had been more or less damaged, but they had brought victory with them." Ernest was one who spoke on behalf of the returning soldiers and thanked the people for their splendid reception. Sergeant Ernest DAVEY was one of 45 returned soldiers who were presented with gold medals at a most memorable gathering organised by the Waitohi Flat Presentation and Memorial Committee and held in the Waitohi schoolroom in November 1919. a enjoyable concert was provided before the returned soldiers, assembled in the front seats, were thanked and welcomed home. All involved were thanked for their kindness and mementoes of the war and the ladies of Waitohi were thanked for the much-valued parcels sent to the front.


Cenotaph Database [11 August 2013]; CCC burial records, Sydenham Cemetery [09 November 2013]; Timaru Herald, 17 August 1918, 24 April 1919, 10 November 1919 (Papers Past) [08 November 2013; 27 March 2014; 25 July 2014; 16 September 2014].

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