(Service number 12969)

Aliases Surname also spelt BRITLIFF. Enlisted as Harry
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 23 April 1888 Place of Birth Southbridge, Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Amberley
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin W. BRITTCLIFF (brother), Kingston, 10 High Street, Timaru
Religion Anglican
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 4th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 11 September 1959 Age 71 years
Place of Death Ashburton
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 200, Plot 8 RSA
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Henry Brittliff was born on 23 April 1888 at Southbridge, Canterbury, the youngest son of Joseph and Charlotte (née Lacey) Britliff, who had come from England to New Zealand in the mid 1870s. Henry’s birth was registerd as Britliff, and he enlisted as Harry Britliff. On enlistment, he nominated his oldest brother, William Brittliff, of Timaru, as next-of –of-kin. Their father had died in 1906 and their mother in 1916. William had married in 1906, and his infant daughter was buried at Timaru in 1910, and his wife in 1945.

H. Brittliff, 12969, of Timaru, returned to New Zealand per the “Kia Ora”, embarking at Liverpool in March 1919, the draft being due at Lyttelton on 7 May 1919. Harry died on 11 September 1959 at Ashburton, aged 71 years (as Britliff). Two brothers, Charles and Frederick George, were called up.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [27 June 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [27 & 30 June 2020]; Ashburton Cemetery burial record (Ashburton District Council) [30 June 2020]; New Zealand Times, 26 April 1919 (Papers Past) [27 June 2020]

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