SHERRATT, Harold William
(Service number 64916)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Sergeant


Date 28 August 1897 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date 13 September 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Geraldine
Occupation Clerk (C.F.C.A. Ltd)
Previous Military Experience No. 40 Company Senior Cadets & 2nd South Canterbury Regiment. 4 years Instructor with Cadets
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr W. G. SHERRATT (father), Geraldine
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 43rd Reinforcements, A Company
Date 2 October 1918
Transport Matatua
Embarked From Destination London, 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 21 October 1919 Reason On termination of period of Engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Company Director


Date 20 June 1971 Age 73 years
Place of Death 90 The Ridgeway, Stoke, Nelson (home)
Notices Press, 22 June 1971
Memorial or Cemetery Nelson Crematorium
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Harold William Sherratt was born on 28 August 1897 at Geraldine, the first-born child and only son of William George and Eva Ellen (née Smith) Sherratt. He was educated at Geraldine District High School, his four sisters joining him there.

Harold enlisted at Ashburton on 13 September 1917, volunteering for the 34th Reinforcements. He was a clerk with the C.F.C.A. Ltd at Geraldine. Single and Methodist, he named his father sister as next-of-kin – Mr W. G. Sherratt, Geraldine. He served with No. 40 Company Senior Cadets and the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment and had been and instructor with the Cadets for four years. Sergeant H. D. Sherratt embarked with the 43rd Reinforcements, departing for London, England, on 2 October 1918 per the “Matatua”. The Hororata’s draft which was due at Wellington on or about 20 September 1919, brought home Corporal H. W. Sherratt, 64916, of Geraldine. He was discharged on 21 October 1919, on the termination of his period of engagement and received the British War Medal.

Harold Sherratt married Mabel Lillian Hare in 1921. He served in the Home Guard in World War Two. Harold William Sherratt died at his home (90 The Ridgeway, Stoke, Nelson) on 20 June 1971, aged 73 years. He was cremated at the Nelson Crematorium. He was survived by Mabel who died in 1989, and two sons. A daughter predeceased him.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 June 2023]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 June 2023]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [26 June 2023]; Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill headstone image & burial records (Invercargill City Council) [27 June 2023]; Star, 26 August 1919, NZ Times, 27 August 1919, Press, 22 June 1971 (Papers Past) [26 & 27 June 2023]

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