(Service number 7/1095)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Quarter Master Sergeant|
|Date||17 February 1889||Place of Birth||Newport England|
|Date||12 February 1915||Age||25|
|Address at Enlistment||Care of Mrs Stevens, Summer Braes, Totora Valley, South Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Next of Kin||Mrs M.G. Llanfear (mother), Oslane House, 3 Waterloo Road, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, England|
|Medical Information||5 foot 4 inches tall, weight 140 lbs, chest 32 inches, brown complexion and eyes, dark hair|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||5th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Mounted Rifles|
|Date||13 June 1915|
|Transport||Maunganui, Tahiti or Aparima|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With||NZ Machine Gun Squadron|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Machine Gun Squadron|
|Campaigns||Egyptian & Gallipoli|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||21 October 1919||Reason||End of war|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||31 May 1968||Age||79|
|Place of Death||Blenheim, New Zealand|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Omaka Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||RSA Lawn Block T Plot 5|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Harry, born 17 February 1889 in Newport, England, was the son of Mr H F and Mrs M G Llanfear of Oslane House, 3 Waterloo Road, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, England.
Harry joined the Canterbury Mounted Rifles as a Trooper on 12 February 1915. He gave his occupation as 'farmer', his last address as care of Mrs Stevens of “Summer Braes” Totara Valley. He was described as being single, 5 foot 4 inches in height, 140lbs in weight, chest 32 inches, complexion and eyes brown, dark hair and his given religion was Presbyterian.
Trooper Llanfear embarked with the 5th reinforcements from Wellington 13 June 1915, on SS Maunganui, Tahiti or Aparima, arriving in Suez 24 July 1915. Once overseas he served in Egypt, Gallipoli (Mudros), and again in Egypt with the NZ Machine Gun Squadron before returning on the SS Hororata, arriving back in New Zealand on 24 September 1919 prior to his final discharge on 21 October 1919. For his service he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and later, the Gallipoli medallion.
Harry came from a large and respected family, his father was one of the oldest dock officials in Newport and they had suffered for the Empire. The eldest son lost his life at the front, the second son had returned having lost his sight, their third son (Harry), was serving with the New Zealand forces and their fourth son was awaiting his call up. Their youngest son was in the boy scouts and their two daughters were working in the munitions works. Nell, one of the daughters was engaged to an Imperial Officer. They extended a welcome to any New Zealand and Australian soldier visiting Newport.
After his discharge, Harry led a busy life in Blenheim being a partner in a music business (Thompson and Llanfear), playing golf, deep sea fishing, judging boxing and playing in various musical events. In 1946 he was working as a clerk with the Public Works Department at Kaikoura. 1949 saw him on the Lake Pukaki Hydro Scheme, and, from 1954 to 1957, he was employed as a barman at the Commercial Hotel in Kaikoura. By 1963 he had retired and was living at the White House, Kaikoura.
Harry died in Blenheim aged 79 on 31 May 1968, and is buried in the RSA Lawn section of the Omaka Cemetery.
Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personal File); Marlborough District Council cemeteries database; Ancestry.com.au; Papers Past
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Ted Hansen (SC branch NZSG)
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