"The whole earth is the sepulchre of heroes. Monuments may arise and tablets be set up to them, but on far-off shores there is an abiding Monument that no pen or chisel has traced. It is graven not in stone or brass, but on the living heart of humanity. Wherefore I will not condole with parents and relatives of our illustrious dead. I will rather bid them lift up their hearts." - Pericles, in his oration over the Athenians slain in battle.
List of officers of the Bank of New South Wales who enlisted for active
service in the war of 1914-1918 from South Canterbury, N.Z.
The names of those who lost their lies during the War or were promoted or decorated are printed in black-faced type, and their biographies follow in the body of the book.
Brown, F.A.R. - Geraldine
Campbell, G.D. - Timaru
Dewhirst, Edward - Timaru KIA 1915
Hamilton, H.S. - Geraldine
Hardy, John - Geraldine KIA in 1917
Mulholland, F.B.. - Geraldine
Pearce, J.J.L.- Timaru KIA 1918
Pigou, N.G. - Geraldine
Pinkington, C.M. - Geraldine
SERGEANT EDWARD DEWHIRST
2nd South Canterbury Regiment, NZ Expeditionary Force
Branch: Stratford, Hawera, Wellington and Timaru
Dewhirst was born in England on 22 May 1891. He joined the Stratford branch on 29 May 1908 before transferring to Hawera, Wellington and finally Timaru branch.
He enlisted on 17 August 1914 and was promoted to sergeant. Dewhirst was in the opening of the Gallipoli Campaign and was killed in action on 8 May 1915 by a Turkish bullet at Sai Bair.
Sergeant Edward Dewhirst
Serial No. 6/443
Place of Birth England
NoK: G.F. Dewhirst (father), Marama Street, Frankton Junction, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Bank of New South Wales, Timaru, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Main Body
2nd South Canterbury Company
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Place of death: Daisy Patch, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death: 8 May 1915
Age at Death : 24
Memorial Name: Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey
S/o George Francis and Eliza Emma Dewhirst, of Frankton Junction, Waikato.
Surname spelling correct:
The Auckland Museum Cenotaph and CWGC and the Bank of NSW
Honour Roll book has his surname right.
Press, 14 June 1915, Page 6 KILLED IN ACTION. CANTERBURY BATTALION.
6-443. Serjeant Edward Dewhirst (G. F. Dewhirst, Marama street, Frankton Junction, father)
Surname spelling incorrect:
Archway DEWHURST, Edward - WW1 6/443 - Army
Also St. Mary's Timaru honour board and the Memorial Wall Timaru have his surname as Dewhurst. His name was spelled as Dewhurst in his death report in the Timaru Herald of the 14 June 1915 and St Mary's Church people probably thought that was how the name was spelt.
Also in the book South Canterbury Roll of Honour published by the South Canterbury Caledonian Society, Timaru 1916.
It was miss spelled by The Press, 16 June 1915, Page 4
Sergeant Edward Dewhurst (wounded) is a son of Mr G. F. Dewhurst, secretary to the Waikato Co-operative Bacon Company, Frankton. He was born in England 1892, and came to New Zealand with his parents about twenty years ago. He was educated at the Egmont Primary and Stratford High Schools. About six years ago he joined the Bank of New South Wales at Stratford, and held various offices, being at Timaru when volunteers were called for. He held office as a corporal in the Territorial Forces, and joined the main body, being promoted to sergeant before leaving New Zealand.
BOMBARDIER MILES ALFRED KNUBLEY
9th Battery, NZ Field Artillery, NZ Expeditionary Force
Branch: Timaru and Wellington
Knubley was born in Timaru on 21 December 1878. He joined the Geraldine branch on 29 December 1897 but also worked at the Timaru and Wellington branches before being appointed manager of Lautoka branch in Fiji in September 1914.
He enlisted on 5 July 1915 as a sergeant then became a bombardier. Knubley was wounded by shrapnel on 19 September 1916 near High Wood and removed to England where he died from his wounds in the hospital on 19 October 1916.
Miles Knubley was the son of Miles Jefferson Knubley and
Harriet Henryetta Knubley, of Timaru
Timaru Herald, 28 October 1916, Page 8 ROLL OF HONOUR.
KNUBLEY.— On the 19th October, 1916, in France, Miles Alfred Knubley, 9th Battery, N.Z.F.A., died of wounds; aged 37 years.
Buried: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
SECOND-LIEUTENANT JOHN JOSEPH LANGLEY PEARCE
12th (Nelson) Company, 1st Canterbury Batteries, NZ Expeditionary Force
Branch: Timaru and Westport
Pearce was born in Waimate on 22 February 1893. He joined the Timaru branch in September 1911 before transferring to Westport in 1912 and returning to Timaru in 1915.
He enlisted on 18 October 1916 and was promoted to second-lieutenant. On 25 August 1918, Pearce was wounded in action at Bapaume and died on the same day.
Second Lieutenant John Joseph Langley Pearce
Serial No. 38867
First Known Rank: Second Lieutenant
Occupation before Enlistment: Bank clerk
Nok: Mrs Mary Pearce (mother), 17 Fritz Street, Timaru, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: NZEF
Embarkation Unit: Specialist Company
Last Unit Served: Canterbury Infantry Regiment
Place of Death: France
Date of Death: 25 August 1918
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
CWGC - BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT
Son of George and Mary Pearce, of 22, Ridlers Crescent, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand. Native of Timaru.
No place of burial listed on the Auckland Cenotaph site.
George Pearce born c.1845 Tasmania. Died 16 Oct. 1915 aged 70 and was buried
and his wife Mary Sullivan (this could have been O'Sullivan) c1858, died 24 June 1941 age 83
On their sons (J.J.L Pearce) Army records it states George born Tasmania Mary born Ireland
George Christopher Pearce 1887 - 1989 (third son) m. 21 Nov. 1923 to Gladdye Violetta Mary PURCELL
Ellen Mary Pearce 1888 NZ
Julia Ann Cecelia Pearce 1889 NZ
John Joseph Langley Pearce born 22nd Feb. 1893 Waimate and died 25 August 1918 KIA France. RC.
Frederick Joseph Pearce born 1900 NZ
The meteor flag which rose in victory above the roaring flame of battle was the flag of liberty against tyranny, of righteousness against crime, of duty against dishonour, its glory is shed upon a book like this; which, though it be but a plan thing of paper and ink, is splendid because of the names written in it, and of those who lie dead but not forgotten.