DAVEY, Ernest Samuel
(Service number 34593)
|First Rank||Sergeant||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||22 May 1891||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John DAVEY (father), Rangitira Valley, Temuka|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Reinforcements G Company|
|Date||30 December 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded & admitted to hospital on July 29, 1918.
|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|
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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