INKSTER, Herbert
(Service number 26523)

Aliases Born Herbert Samuel
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 15 August 1897 Place of Birth Dunedin

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Mill Road, Waimate
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Arthur INKSTER (father), Waimate, Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
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 32nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 21 November 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

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 30 October 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 3 May 1958 Age 60 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Area S 1B, Plot 290
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Herbert Inkster was born, as Herbert Samuel Derrick, on 15 August 1897 at Dunedin. He was, it appears, born to Sarah’s sister and brought up by Sarah (née Derrick) and Arthur Inkster. Herbert was a clerk residing at Mill Road, Waimate, when he enlisted, naming his father as next-of-kin – Arthur Inkster, Waimate, Canterbury. Private H. Inkster embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment of the 32nd Reinforcements per the “Manganui” on 21 November 1917. Leaving from Wellington he headed for Liverpool, England. He returned to New Zealand by the “Cordoba” which was expected at Wellington on 30 August 1919.

Herbert married Rita Violet Emmeline Dunkley in 1928. He died on 3 May 1958 at Christchurch and was buried in Ruru Lawn Cemetery. Rita died in 1975. His mother Sarah died in 1938 and his father Arthur in 1939, both buried at Waimate. Several cousins of Herbert served in World War One – Robert James Inkster, Edwin Clifford Inkster, James Lawrence Inkster and Herbert Andrew Inkster.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [07 August 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [08 August 2021]; Ruru Lawn Cemetery headstone transcription [08 August 2021]; NZ Times, 12 August 1919 (Papers Past) [07 August 2021]

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