New Zealand WW1 BWM to 2/1981 Gnr. G Honer N.Z.E.F - 13th Batty N.Z.F.A + 203683 Pte. W. A. Honer Essex Regt.
A pair of full sized WW1 British War Medals to Brothers or relatives.
- 2/1981 Gunner George Honer of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force
- 203683 Private William A Honer of the Essex Regiment. It is confirmed that William was entitled to this British War Medal and a Victory Medal.
George was a seaman prior to his WW1 service, serving on the SS Alexander which was a cargo/passenger vessel owned by the Anchor Line (absorbed into the Union Steam Ship Company in 1972), and was in service from 1903 to 1950, mainly in the Marlborough Sounds area of New Zealand. George worked for a Mr W Wildman of Nelson. He lists a Cuba St, Wellington address, while his next of kin, his Sister is in Bow, London. George was born in London.
He started his service on the 19th of April 1915 as part of 6th Reinforcements and was drafted as New Zealand Field Artillery. He left NZ for overseas service on the 14th of Aug 1915.
He marches into Moascar Camp in Egypt on the 15th of Jan 1916.
Transferred to 13th Battery, N.Z.F.A on the 7th of March 1916.
Embarked for France from Alexandria on the 7th of April 1916.
Posted to 13th Battery on the 22nd of Jan 1917.
Proceeded on Leave to the UK on the 23rd of Aug 1917.
Rejoined unit in the field on the 7th of Sept 1917.
Sent to Hospital on the 26th of Sept 1917.
Admitted to the 12th Australian Field Ambulance on the 27th of Sept 1917 (gastritis and other debility).
Transferred to 4th D.R.S (Dressing Station?) around same time.
Discharged to Duty on the 4th of Oct 1917.
Rejoined unit in the field on the 9th of Oct 1917.
Evacuated out sick on the 3rd of March 1918 (Vomiting).
Admitted to NZ No.2 Field Ambulance same day.
Discharged back to unit on the 6th of April 1918.
On leave to the UK on the 28th of Sept 1918.
Admitted to No. 2 NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames while on leave on the 14th of Oct 1918 (Influenza).
Transferred to Hornchurch Hospital on the 30th of Nov 1918.
Marched into Codford Camp on the 11th of Feb 1919.
Proceeded back to New Zealand on the 11th of March 1919.
George is discharged on termination of hostilities on the 27th of May 1919 in New Zealand.
George past away at Wellington on the 16th of August 1941.
He was entitled to a 1914-15 Star and Victory Medal to go with this BWM. I do not know the where-a-bouts of the other items for George and his relative William.
Both BWM are in good, uncleaned condition, though William's is a little more polished than George's. Both have lengths of ribbon attached, sewn in loops.
The image of SS Alexander is taken from the New Zealand Ship and Maritime Society Website here:
Georges WW1 Service file can be viewed on-line here: