EDWARDS, Benjamin Gordon
(Service number 7/42)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 16 August 1887 Place of Birth Invercargill

Enlistment Information

Date 13 August 1914 Age 27
Address at Enlistment Orari Bridge, Geraldine; Canterbury;
Occupation Beekeeper (for FE South, Geraldine)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Benjamin Edwards (father), 90 McFadden’s Rd, St Albans, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted rifles
Date 15 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian 1914-1915, Balkans (Gallipoli, Mudros, Lemnos)
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Gallipoli Medallion & lapel badge (1967)
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 4 September 1916 Reason No longer fit for war service, on account of injury sustained on active service..

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

27 May 1915 - Admitted to No.1 Stationary Hospital; 31 May - transferred to Malta; 11 September 1915 - Admitted to Hospital, England; 11 January 1916 - Transferred to depot, Hornchurch.

Post-war Occupations


Date 17 April 1968 Age 81
Place of Death Rotorua
Memorial or Cemetery Rotorua Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Edwards nee Smith.

Benjamin was admitted hospital 27 May 1915, transferred to Malta, then to England. While in England he was discharged for a furlough from 29 September 1915, returning to the base depot at Weymouth on 18 October 1915. In January he was transferred to the convalscent hospital at Hornchurch.He was discharged as no longer fit for service and returned to NZ in September 1916. Benjamin served for a total of two years and 23 days, 1 year and 295 days of which was served overseas. His military service cover sheet gave his intended address as Napier, while his discharge papers stated Timaru.

After the war Benjamin married Myra Madelene Ada Gawler in 1921. He died in Rotorua on 17 April 1968.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (January 2015); NZ Births, Deaths, and Marirages at; Archives New Zealand: Paperspast at; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records, Archives NZ R21000220 [30 August 2023]; SCRoll web submission by N Carter, 29 August 2023.

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