New Zealand WW1 Duo to 53163 RFLM. E. J. Edwards N.Z.E.F. - 4th Batt, 3rd NZRB
A full size WW1 medal duo to 53163 Rifleman Ernest John Edwards of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Ernest worked at Speight & Co, in Dunedin, a Brewer still in business today. He listed a Roslyn, Dunedin address, while his next of kin, his Father, is in Great Chishill, Herts, England. He also lists his brother George as next of kin at Roslyn, in Dunedin. Ernest was born in Cambridge, England.
He started his service on the 12nd of April 1917 as part of D Coy 28th Infantry Reinforcements, but transferred on the 28th of April 1917 to H Coy, NZ Rifle Brigade Reinforcements.
Ernest embarked at Wellington on the 16th of July 1917.
He disembarked at Liverpool on the 6th of Sept 1917.
He marched into Tidworth Camp and was assigned to the 5th Reserve Battalion of the NZRB on the 16th of Sept 1917.
Left for France on the 23rd of Oct 1917 ex Brocton Camp.
Marched into NZ General Base Depo Etaples on the 26th of Oct 1917.
Joined A Coy, 4th Batt, 3rd NZRB in the field on the 3rd of Nov 1917.
To Hospital sick on the 15th of Dec 1917 (trench fever).
Admitted to NZ No. 3 Field Ambulance same day.
Admitted to No. 65 Causality Clearance Station on the 26th of Dec 1917.
Admitted to No. 64 Causality Clearance Station on the 6th of Jan 1918.
Admitted to No. 8 Stationary Hospital Wimereux on the 10th of Jan 1918.
Admitted to No. 72 General Hospital Trouville on the 25th of Jan 1918.
Discharged to NZ General Base Depo Etaples on the 19th of March 1918.
Marched out to Division on the 16th of May 1918.
Rejoined unit in the field on the 17th of May 1918.
Wounded in Action on the 27th of Aug 1918, with a Gunshot wound to the right elbow.
Admitted to No. 1 NZ Field Ambulance the same day.
Discharged to duty same day.
Rejoined unit in the field on the 28th of Aug 1918.
On leave to the UK on the 9th of Nov 1918
Rejoined Battalion in the field on the 26 of Dec 1918.
Admitted to No. 3 NZ Field Ambulance on the 12th of Jan 1919 due to Scabies.
Transferred to No. 87 Field Ambulance same day.
Discharged to unit on the 20th of Jan 1919.
Detached to the UK on the 25th of Feb 1919.
Granted leave without pay from the 27th of March 1919 to the 2nd of April 1919.
Reported absent without leave from Sling Camp on the 4th of April 1919.
Forfeit 1 days pay at Sling Camp in the UK on the 17th of June 1919 for overstaying leave.
Embarked at Plymouth on the 9th of Aug 1919 for New Zealand.
Discharged from the NZ army on termination of hostilities on the 22nd of Oct 1919.
This is Ernest full entitlement, and both medals are in good condition, with light wear and lengths of ribbon attached.
His WW1 service file cane be viewed here, on-line.