INKSTER, Herbert Michael
(Service number 11/1447)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Bombardier


Date 16 April 1896 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Farm Road, Northland, Wellington
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Lawrence INKSTER (father), Farm Road, Northland, Wellingtom
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 6th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Wellington Mounted Rifles
Date 14 August 1915
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Artillery

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 27 June 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 24 October 1969 Age 73 years
Place of Death Kaitoke
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Herbert Michael Inkster was born on 16 April 1896 at Waimate, the second son of Laurence and Levina (Lavinia, née Tregoning) Inkster. His early education was probably at Waimate. In 1907, a few months before the family moved to the Wellington area, he was admitted to Cust School. Herbert was a clerk for the USS Company at Wellington when he enlisted, naming his father as next-of-kin – Laurence Inkster, Farm Road, Northland, Wellington. He was single and living at home. Trooper H. M. Inkster embarked with the Wellington Mounted Rifles of the 6th Reinforcements per the “Tofua” on 14 August 1915. Leaving from Wellington he headed for Suez, Egypt.

Returning Draft No. 251, the “Pakeha”, with 1355 on board, including 11/1447 H. M. Inkster, was due to reach Wellington on about 30 May 1919. Herbert Michael Inkster married Elizabeth Isabella Newman in 1919; they divorced ten years later. He died on 24 October 1969 at Kaitoke, aged 73 years. His brother, James Lawrence Inkster, and several cousins served in World War One – Herbert Inkster (24523), Robert James Inkster and Edwin Clifford Inkster.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [08 August 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [08 August 2021]; School Admission record (Waimakariri Branch NZSG) [08 August 2021]; Evening Post, 15 May 1919 (Papers Past) [09 August 2021]

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