(Service number 62743)

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Date 27 June 1895 Place of Birth Temuka

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Date Age
Address at Enlistment Temuka, Canterbury
Occupation Saddler
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs T. C. DOWNES (mother), Temuka, Canterbury
Religion Roman Catholic
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Date 15 April 1958 Age 62 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 22, Plot 137
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Henry Battersby Downes, born on 21 June 1895 at Temuka, was the son of Thomas Chadwick and Mary (née Brosnahan) Downes. In April 1914 at the Temuka Magistrate's Court, Henry Battersby Downes was noted as taking a prominent part in the anti-militarist business. He had done no cadet training since 2 June 1913.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [05 March 2017]; Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch burial record (Christchurch City Council) [05 March 2017]; Temuka Leader, 2 April 1914 (Papers Past) [04 March 2017]

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