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Albert Bert Highsted (Service no. 6/1095) was a First World War soldier and former employee of Christchurch City Council

Albert Bertie Highsted was born in Papanui in 1882 to Jane Highsted. He also had an older brother, William John Highsted.

As a child Albert attended Fendalton School. At a point prior to his enlistment he had suffered from goitre and had an operation to remove it from his neck.

Albert worked as a labourer for Mr Simpson of the Christchurch City Council.

Albert enlisted on 14 September 1914 and joined the Canterbury Infantry Battalion. At this time he was residing with his mother and sister Lily Maud at 224 Bealey Avenue. Like many other young men who enlisted he had previous experience as a volunteer in the Christchurch Rifles.

He would have departed with the rest of the Canterbury troops for Wellington on 23 September where they joined the remainder of the New Zealand troops.  When a naval fleet had been assembled the main body departed New Zealand on 16 October 1914. After stopping in Australia where it was joined by the Australian troopships, the expeditionary force proceeded to Egypt where it arrived on 3 December 1914.

In April 1915 Albert embarked for the Dardanelles Strait as part of the Allies' plan to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula from the Ottoman Turks.

The landing of New Zealand troops at Gallipoli began on 25 April. Albert’s records state that his death took place between 25 April and 1 May 1915.

In September 1915, at a meeting of the Christchurch City Council, the Mayor, Henry Holland, unveiled a portrait of Albert, alongside a portrait of another fallen council employee, Harry Wright. 

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Albert Bert Highsted

First Names:Albert
Last Name:Highsted
Place of Birth:Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand