(Service number 34745)

Aliases Andy
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 15 August 1895 Place of Birth Ashburton

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment City Boarding House, Timaru
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs F. McNAMARA (sister), 66 Broad Street, Palmerston North
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 20th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 7 December 1916
Transport Port Lyttelton
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

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Post-war Occupations



Date 20 January 1981 Age 85 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Waimairi Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block Lawn, Plot 1368
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Andrew Sturgeon, known as Andy, was born on 15 August 1895 at Ashburton, the third son of Andrew Henry and Ellen (née Moriarty) Sturgeon. Andy was educated at Tinwald and Christchurch East schools. When he enlisted, he was a farm hand for Mr M. Sullivan at Otipua(?) or Otaio(?). He left as part of South Canterbury's quota for the 20th Reinforcements by the second express north on 23 August 1916. Prior to leaving the men were entertained at the Stafford Tea Rooms by the Ladies Committee of the South Canterbury Patriotic War Relief Society. The men assembled at the Drill Shed to be addressed by the Mayor and other dignitaries and then to march to the Railway Station, accompanied by the 2nd South Canterbury Band, Senior Cadets and Honorary Territorials. Andrew married Grace Louisa Anderson in 1935. His brother, George Cross Sturgeon, also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 August 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 August 2020]; School Admission record [16 August 2002]; Waimairi Cemetery burial record (Christchurch City Council) [16 August 2020]; Timaru Herald, 23 August 1916 (Papers Past) [19 December 2015]

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