HERD, David
(Service number 23/1669)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 1 October 1893 Place of Birth Monimail, Fife, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o H. E. McGowan, Willowbridge, South Canterbury
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin T. HERD (father), Willowbridge, South Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
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 3rd Reinforcements, 1st Battalion, E Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Tahiti or Warrimoo
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 15 August 1971 Age 77 years
Place of Death Oamaru
Memorial or Cemetery Oamaru Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 189, Plots 6/7
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

David Herd was born on 1 October 1893 at Monimail, Fifeshire, Scotland, the son of Thomas and Catherine (Kate, née Anderson) Herd. David was a scholar at home at Knockhill, St Andrews, Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1901, with his parents and three younger sisters. He was a farm hand at Willowbridge, South Canterbury, when he enlisted, nominating his father, T. Herd, Willowbridge, as next-of-kin. Casualty List No. 601, published in June 1917, listed Corporal D. Herd among the wounded. His father was then living at Totara Valley.

David and his parents were at Ardgowan near Oamaru with his parents by 1919. Some time after he married Anne Seath Wilkinson, also from Fifeshire. It may be that he returned to Scotland to marry Anne. They had twin sons born in 1923. David Herd died on 15 August 1971 at Oamaru and Anne in 1977.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 August 2020]; Oamaru Lawn Cemetery burial records (Waitaki District Council) [17 August 2020]; 1901 Scotland census return ( [17 August 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [17 August 2020] Timaru Herald, 23 June 1917 (Papers Past) [03 August 2020]

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