(Service number 6/443)
|Aliases||DEWHURST on Memorial wall, St Mary's Church Memorial|
|First Rank||Sergeant||Last Rank||Sergeant|
|Date||22 May 1891||Place of Birth||Newcastle-on-Tyne, England|
|Date||13 August 1914||Age||23 yrs 3 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Bank of New South Wales, Timaru|
|Occupation||Bank teller, clerk|
|Previous Military Experience||Territorial Forces.2nd S. C. Regt.|
|Next of Kin||G. F. DEWHIRST (father), Marama Street, Frankton Junction|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5 ft 11 in. Weight 177 lb. Chest 35-38 in. Complexion fair. Eyes light brown. Hair light. Sight, hearing, heart, lungs normal. Colour vision correct. Limbs, chest well formed. Full movement of joints. Teeth good. Free from herna, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health. No defects.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, Canterbury||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With||2nd South Canterbury Company|
|Last Unit Served With||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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June 1915 reported wounded at the Dardanelles.
|Date||8 May 1915||Age||24 yrs|
|Place of Death||Daisy Patch, Sari Bair, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Cause||Killed in action (instantly by a Turkish bullet).|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; st mary's Anglican Church Timaru Memorial|
Son of George Francis & Eliza Emma DEWHIRST, of Frankton Junction, Waikato. Teller at the Bank of New South Wales, Timaru. Prominent footballer. Attended Egmont Village School Inglewood & Stratford High School. Brother Francis DEWHIRST, bank clerk, also served in WWI. Family came to New Zealand about 1894. Was a corporal in the Territorial Forces. Listed in the Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour held in Sydney. See Bank Bio (Printed copy). Edward was one of the addiitional men passed and sworn in on the night of 13 August. The next morning, 14 August, they were to fall in at the Drill Shed at 9.30 and leave Timaru at 1.30 for the camp at Addington. They were to be photographed prior to leaving. The Stipendary Magistrate very kindly sent a big bundle of literature and some packs of playing cards for the use of the troops and another gentleman gave magazines, all of which were appreciated. Mr T. G. Towley, dentist, was also thanked for attending to the teeth of the men, free of charge, and doing all that was possible for all those whose teeth required attention. Prior to his departure, They actually left by the first express on 17 August after parading at the Drill Shed and being addressed by Archdeacon Jacob, who trusted God would guide and protect them, and the Deputy-Mayor (Mr W. A. Pearson), who said that all must "feel very proud to see that so many of the young men had volunteered to serve their country in this the greatest crisis they had ever known." and he wished them God speed and a safe and speedy return. Edward was presented with a fountain pen, a collapsible drinking cup, and a scout knife, by the manager of the Bank of New South Wales on behalf of the staff.
Cenotaph Database [11 December 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0033641) [18 December 2013]; CWGC [11 December 2013]; Timaru Herald, 14 August 1914, 17 August 1914, 18 August 1914, 14 June 1915, 22 June 1917, 29 July 1919, Press, 16 June 1915 (Papers Past) [19 November 2013, 11 December 2013]. Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour - South Canterbury, N.Z. names [11 December 2013]; SCRoll web submission by H Hickford, 29 September 2016
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