STRACHEY, Ewen MacPherson
(Service number 6/1991)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Gunner


Date 13 September 1892 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date 13 January 1915 Age 22 years
Address at Enlistment Blenheim
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience Volunteers & Territorials. 15th Nelson Regiment - serving.
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Claude Mainwaring STRACHEY (father), 48 Worcester Street, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Field Artillery

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkans (Gallipoli); Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force; Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

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Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date 18 January 1919 Reason On the termination of his period of engagement.

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Post-war Occupations



Date 30 May 1970 Age 77 years
Place of Death Greytown, Wairarapa
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Ewen MacPherson Strachey was born on 13 September 1892 at Christchurch, the second of the three sons of Claude Mainwaring and Emily Chisholm Mackintosh (née McPherson) Strachey. The family had moved to the Timaru area when it came time for Ewen to start school. After two and a bit years at Gleniti School, he transferred to Waimataitai School in mid- 1900. From 1908 to 1909 he attended Christ’s College in Christchurch.

He enlisted on 13 January 1915 at Trentham. He had served with the Volunteers and Territorials and was serving with the 15th Nelson Regiment. A farmer at Blenheim, single and of Church of England affiliation, he named his father as next-of-kin – Claude Mainwaring Strachey, 48 Worcester Street, Christchurch. Sergeant E. M. Strachey embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 4thy Reinforcements, departing from Wellington on 17 April 1915.

Gunner Ewen Strachey embarked at Plymouth on 8 November 1918 for the return to New Zealand per the “Tofua”. He was discharged on 18 January 1919 on the termination of his period of engagement. For his service in all theatres of war, he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He married Doris Isabel Grace Bicknell in 1923. Ewen MacPherson Strachey died on 30 May 1970 at Greytown, where he had farmed since returning from the war. Doris lived to her late 90s. Ewen’s older brother, Claude Otto Strachey who served with the Australian Forces, lost his life in 1915 at Gallipoli. His younger brother, Richard Clive Strachey, was killed in action in 1917 in France.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [03 September 2023]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [August 2023]; School Admission records [03 September 2023]

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