(Service number 2/1975)
|First Rank||Gunner||Last Rank||Driver|
|Date||7 June 1894||Place of Birth||Gapes Valley, Geraldine, New Zealand|
|Date||19 April 1915||Age||20|
|Address at Enlistment||Little River, Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Previous Military Experience||K Company, Canterbury|
|Next of Kin||Mr George Gilbert (Father), Little River, Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Medical Information||Sallow complexion, chest 33 1/2-36 inches, brown eyes, black hair, artificial teeth, scar on right foot, cut on left breast, double nipple on left breast|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||6th Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||NZ Field Artillery, Divisional Ammunition Company|
|Date||14 August 1915|
|Transport||HMNZT 27 Willochra|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||4th Brigade Ammunition Company, NZ Field Artillery|
|Campaigns||Egyptian and Western Europe|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
16 April 1916 - No2 Australian General Hospital Marseilles - enteric fever; 29 November 1916 - No1 NZGH Brockenhurst; Died 28 February 1917
|Date||28 February 1917||Age||22|
|Place of Death||No1 NZGH, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England|
|Cause||Died of bronchial pneumonia|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England|
|Memorial Reference||Plot A, Row 3, Grave 6|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Little River, Canterbury, War Memorial Gates|
Andrew, the fourth son of George (1858-1933) and Edith Mortimer (1865-1926 nee Tatam) Gilbert, was born in Geraldine on 7 June 1894. The family moved to Little River (Bank Peninsula) from Gapes Valley shortly after his birth. Andrew attended the Little River Main School where he was fond of reading, but not of outdoor games.
When he enlisted on 19 April 1915 Andrew, aged 20, was working on the family farm at Little River and nominated his father as his next of kin. He was described as being of a sallow complexion, chest measuring 33 ½ - 36 inches, brown eyes, black hair, Anglican, single, having artificial teeth, a scar on his right foot, a cut on his left breast and a double nipple on his left breast. No height was recorded on his file. Prior to enlisting he had been a Territorial member of K Company Canterbury.
Posted to the NZ Field Artillery as a Gunner, he was soon re-classed as a Driver in the Divisional Ammunition Company, and left from Wellington aboard SS Willochra (HMNZT 27) on 14 August 1915, with the 6th Reinforcements, bound for Suez, Egypt. On 20 February 1916, while in Moascar, Egypt, he was posted to the 2nd Brigade Ammunition Company, then transferred on 1 March, to the 4th Brigade Ammunition Company and sailed for France on 8 April aboard the SS Haverford. On arrival in Marseilles Dvr Gilbert went immediately to No.2 Australian General Hospital and by the end of June he was seriously ill and suspected of having enteric fever. In November he was classified 'C' by the medical board, suffering from anaemia and debility following bronchial pneumonia and arthritis of the left hip and it was decided to transfer him to No 1 NZ General Hospital at Brockenhurst, England, where he was admitted on 29 November. Unfortunately his health did not improve and he was classified as unfit in February 1917, and placed on the nominal roll.
Andrew died of bronchial pneumonia on 28 February and was buried in the Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England in Plot A, Row 3, Grave 6. After the war his parents were sent his war medals, the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, along with a scroll and plaque. His name is commemorated on the Little River War Memorial Gates, along with another brother, 17067, Private Samuel William Gilbert, NZ Machine Gun Company, who died in France on 5 June 1917.
New Zealand ANZACs in the Great War 1914-1918 at http://nzef.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=92104; Press 12 July 1915 p2 and 28 March 1917 p8, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser 16 March 1917 p2, Sun 10 July 1915 p2, and Poverty Bay Herald 3 April 1917 p3, courtesy of Papers Past at http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz; Ancestry.co.au; NZ BDM Historical Records at ; Clare Church “New Zealand Graves Brockenhurst”, pages
- Great War Stories - Driver Andrew Gilbert - Timaru Herald 17 June 2017 (pdf, 6.8 KB updated 15-Sep-2017)
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