HIORNS, Charles
(Service number 52609)

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Date 22 September 1884 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Factory Road, Mosgiel
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Ellen ARLIDGE [ARBRIDGE sic], Parsonage Road, Waimate
Religion Methodist
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 28th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Regiment, B Company
Date 24 July 1917
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 31 July or 5 August 1`926 Age 41 years
Place of Death Hastings
Memorial or Cemetery Hastings Cemetery [31/07/1926]
Memorial Reference Block C, Plot 89
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles Hiorns was born on 22 September 1884 at Waimate, the fifth son of John and Emma (née Allen) Hirons, who had married in 1867 in England. John and Emma came to New Zealand by the “Peeress” in 1874 and settled at Waimate. Emma Hiorns who died in 1914 and John who died in 1918, were buried at Waimate. Charles Hiorns named his sister as next-of-kin – Mrs Ellen Arlidge [Arbidge, sic], Parsonage Road, Waimate. Charles was a farmer, residing at Mosgiel. Private Hiorns embarked with the 28th Reinforcements for England on 24 July 1917. He returned to New Zealand in March 1918. The South Canterbury men came from Lyttelton by special train expected mid afternoon on the 19th March.

Charles married Lena Annie Steer in 1921. Charles and Lena had four daughters, the youngest born after Charles died. Little Nellie Hazel Hiorns died at the age of one in 1928 and was buried with her father. Charles Hiorns died on 5 August 1926 at Hastings, aged 41 years, and was buried in Hastings Cemetery. Lena Annie Hiorns, a widow previously of Hastings, died in 1952 at Dunedin, where her eldest daughter lived, and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 January 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 January 2021]; Waimate Lawn Cemetery headstone transcription [12 January 2021]; Waimate Daily Advertiser, 9 October 1918, Timaru Herald, 18 March 1918 (Papers Past) [09 April 2015; 11 January 2021]

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