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Martin Robert HARPER

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Date of birth30 November 1888
Date of death30 August 1918
Mothers nameAnn (née Grey)
Spouses nameUnmarried
Mothers place of birthScotland
Mothers date of death1898
Mothers place of deathBuried Rongotea
Fathers nameJames Harper
Fathers place of birthEngland
Parents date of marriage1878
Parents place of marriageNew Zealand
Fathers date of death1915
Fathers place of deathBuried Foxton
SiblingsJohn Martin Grey ( 1879, m 1912 Hall), William (b 1881WW1 Regimental Number 65562) m MCCASKILL 1923 d 1954, Allan Thomas (b 1882 WW1 Regiment Number 12/4002 m 1922 Southwood, Ernest (b 1883 WW1 Regiment No 48201) d 1923, George (b 1885, WW1 Regimental No 56003) m COATES 1926, d 1962, James (b 1886 d 1970, Elsie m HALKETT 1905, Frank (b 1893), Edwin (b 1894)
Cause of deathDied of wounds received in action
Buried whereAchiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension. II. C. 12
Last known residence95 Cuba St, Palmerston North
AwardsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
Place of birthLeithfield, Canterbury, New Zealand
OccupationTeacher/SchoolMaster for Wanganui Education Board
Place of deathIn the Field France
Date of arrival overseas24 September 1917
Theatres of warWestern Europe
Place of embarkationon 'Ulimaroa'
War memorialFoxton
Place enlistedPalmerston North
Christian namesMartin Robert
Place of arrival overseasPlymouth, England
SchoolKereru 30 August 1898 - 6 October 1898; Rongotea
Service number9/1856
ReligionC of E
Date enlisted22 June 1917
Final rankCorporal
Regiment or service1st Bn 3rd NZ Rifle Brigade
Embarkation date26 July 1917
User reference1.78

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On enlistment birth date is 7th Nov 1888

Military Callup: 1916.

Had served in the 9th Reinforcements as Sergeant.

Promoted: Private to Corporal on 26 December 1917.

NOK: Miss Pollard, BNZ, Palmerston North.

Legal NOK: Brother JMG Harper of Ohakune Junction.

Height: 5’ 7 3/4” Complexion: Fair.

Eyes: Blue. Hair: Light Brown .

Had also been a Traveller for Osmond & Son, Box 460, Wellington when he first enlisted.

Medals were sent to his friend Mr WH Cox, 181 Ferguson St, Palmerston North.

Thankyou to the many nieces who have shared their information

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