LORD, Ernest Wright
(Service number 6/3074)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||18 August 1894||Place of Birth||Geraldine, New Zealand|
|Date||12 June 1915||Age||20|
|Address at Enlistment||Care of T.W. Ward, Gealdine, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mr T.W. Ward (father), Talbot Street, Geraldine|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Height 5 foot 6 1/2 inches, weight 140 lbs, chest 32 inches, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair, teeth fair|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||7th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||NZ Machine Gun Corps|
|Date||9 October 1915|
|Transport||Aparima, Navua or Warrimoo|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Machine Gun Corps|
|Campaigns||Egyptian & Western Europe|
|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||6 June 1919||Reason||End of war|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Dr Stevens Dublin - 1 Oct 1916, France: gun shot wund to left shoulder
|Date||7 October 1970||Age||76|
|Place of Death||Palmerston North, New Zealand|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Fielding Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Block 4, Row 207, Plot 7|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Ernest was born at Geraldine on 18 August 1894, the fourth son of Thomas Wright & Emily Jane (nee Hines) Lord, of Geraldine. In 1899 he won an attendance prize at Geraldine School and in 1907, was attending Geraldine High School.
In early 1915, while working as a farm labourer for Mr T. Dyer at Ngaio, Ernest joined up at Wellington on 12 June 1915. His enlistment papers described him as being single, age 20, 5 foot 6½ inches tall, weighing 140 lbs, chest 32 inches, dark complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair, teeth only fair and Anglican. His father, Mr T W Lord of Talbot Street, Geraldine, is listed as next of kin. He embarked from Wellington on 9 October 1915, with the 7th Reinforcements, NZ Machine Gun Corps, for Suez, Egypt, on SS Aparima, Navua or Warrimoo. He arrived in Egypt too late for service at the Dardanelles and remained there until leaving for France on 7 April 1916. On 1 October 1916, Ernest received gunshot wounds to his left shoulder. After treatment by Dr Stevens at Dublin, he returned to France on 26 October 1917. The Timaru Herald 19 October 1916, reported:
“Private Ernest Lord, one of the three sons of Mr W.T. Lord of Geraldine, has been wounded in the late fighting in Northern France. His brother, Private Herbert Lord of Geraldine, who returned wounded from Gallipoli last year, is again rejoining the colours”.
In May 1919, Ernest returned to NZ aboard the SS Kiaora, and, on 6 June 1919, received his discharge from the army. The Timaru Herald 10 May 1919 reported: “Private Ernest Lord was welcomed home by the mayor of Geraldine, Mr B.R. Macdonald, who thanked him for his long service and doing his duty. He advised him to get back into civilian clothes so he could continue to serve his country as he had done in the fighting line”. Ernest was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal for his 4 years of war service.
In 1926 he married Miss Amy Emily Ann Hight. Ernest lived the remainder of his life in the Manawatu area and died at Palmerston North on 7 October 1970. He was described as a retired driver and is buried in the Fielding Cemetery with his wife Amy.
Auckland Museum Cenotaph database (June 2015); Archives NZ (Personnel File); NZBDM Historical Records; NZSG Index V5; Papers Past; Manaaawatu District Council cemeteries database.
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