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Edward Terence Joseph Moyna (Service no. 52688) was a First World War soldier with links to the Waltham and Halswell areas.

CORPORAL E. T. MOYNA, Died of Wounds., Sun, Volume V, Issue 1476, 5 November 1918, Supplement Edward Terence Joseph Moyna (known to friends and family as Ted) was born on 15th October 1891 in Christchurch. The first child of Irish born Edward Moyna and New Zealand born Emily Julia Hamilton. Moyna had two brothers James Herbert and Leo Jarrard, and three sisters Emily Alice, Annie Agnes and Irene Monica. Their father worked as a farmer in the Halswell area.

Moyna was well known and highly esteemed in the district, where he was a prominent member of the tennis club as well as being secretary of the Halswell Sports Club. He became a Brass Moulder at the Addington Workshops for the New Zealand Railways Department.

In April 1917 he joined the 28th Regiment.  At the time of enlistment he was a 26 year old single man of Roman Catholic faith, 5 foot 11 inches tall with fair hair and blue eyes. He was quickly promoted from Private to Lance Corporal on the 28th April 1917 and was again promoted to Corporal on the 24th May 1917.

In July 1917, a social and farewell to Moyna was held at the Halswell Public Hall while Moyna was on final leave. He was the recipient of a pocket wallet from the Patriotic Committee and was also presented with a Gold Medal from the Sports Committee.

Later that year, on the 10th October, Moyna’s father died at the age of 67 years and was buried in the Sydenham Cemetery in Christchurch. His mother Emily was later buried with her husband in 1940.

Moyna left New Zealand with the 33rd reinforcement and was attached to the machine gun section. They travelled from Wellington aboard the Athenic departing on the 31st Dec 1917 and arrived in Glasgow on the 25th February 1918.

He was marched out on the 6th April 1918 to Sling Camp, also known as the ANZAC Camp, located on the Salisbury Plains in Wiltshire, England. On the 23rd March 1918 Moyna wrote a will stating that the will he had previously made and left with his mother was in no way to be cancelled or revoked.

On the 25th May 1918 he proceeded overseas to France and died of wounds on 21st October 1918.

Moyna is buried in the Mount Houn Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France. Unmarried, Moyna's next of kin was his mother who had since moved from Halswell to Lyttelton Street, Spreydon. His younger brother James Herbert was on active service at this time with the 17th Reinforcements, NZ medical corps. James returned to New Zealand and lived a long life before passing away at the age of 82 years.

Moyna is remembered on the “Addington Workshops Roll of Honour” at Ferrymead, the Halswell War Memorial and the Waltham Memorial Gates.


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Edward Terence Joseph Moyna

First Names:Edward Terence Joseph
Last Name:Moyna
Place of Birth:Christchurch, New Zealand.