LAMBIE, Archibald
(Service number 23840)

Aliases Archie
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 4 October 1886 Place of Birth Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 7 February 1916 Age
Address at Enlistment Punawai, Takapau
Occupation Ploughman for J H St Hill
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs J. Lambie (mother), Bunnyton, Aboor, Renfrewshire, Scotland; L[?] McMillan (firend), Takapau [also listed]
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5ft 9 1/4 inches, weight 175 lbs, with a chest measuring 37 to 40 1/2 inches, fair complexion, grey eyes and fair hair. It was also noted that vaccination marks were present, that he had a slight varicocele, and that he was referred to the dental officer.

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 13th Reinforcements, B Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport HMNZT 54 Willochra
Embarked From Wellington, N.Z. Destination
Other Units Served With 2nd & 3rd Auckland Infantry Regiment; 2 Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European 1916-1917
Service Medals
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 27 June 1919 Reason Discharged on termination of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 9 December 1981 Age 95
Place of Death Temuka, N.Z.
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Creamtorium, Timaru
Memorial Reference Garden No.5, cremation no.3241
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Born in Scotland in 1886, Archie had emigrated to New Zealand before the first World War. Prior to enlistment he was employed as a ploughman in Takapau in Hawkes Bay.

Archie enlisted on 7 February 1916. After his initial training in New Zealand he embarked with B Company, 13th Reinforcements on 27 May 1916. Soon after he arrived he was posted to the 3rd Reserve Battalion, Wellington Regiment on 27 July 1916. Archie then proceeded overseas with the unit (to France) in September after further training at Sling camp. At Rouen he joined the 2 Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, in the field on 26 September 1916, where he served for five months. On 23 February he was transferred again, this time to the 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment. He was awarded a period of leave in the UK from 13 to 26 September 1917, after which he returned to his unit in the field. On 26 September 1918 he was once again awarded leave in the UK, but this time for three weeks, returning to his unit on 18 October 1918. Soon after the war ended.

Archie departed for home on the Pakeha from Tilbury on 12 April 1919, arriving in New Zealand on 30 May 1919. He was discharged from the army on 27 June 1919. Archie had served for 137 days in New Zealand and 3 years and 4 days overseas. For his service he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals, issued in 1921.

Archie passed away in 1981 at Temuka. His ashes rest at Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru, along with those of his wife Marjorie who died in 1968.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [15 March 2021]; Military Personnel file held by Archives New Zealand, ref: AABK 18805 W5541 115/ 0065942, item Id: R18058532 [accessed 19 March 2021]

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