Topic: Edmund Lincoln Gale

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Edmund Lincoln Gale (service no. 6/45) was a man with links to Cashmere, who fought and died in the First World War.

Edmund Lincoln Gale Edmund Lincoln Gale  was born in Addington, Christchurch, on 15th September, 1891.

 His father was William Thomas Gale, and his mother was Eleanor Ruth Gale, née Gee. Edmund was the third son, and the fourth of five children. They lived in various places in Sydenham, then by 1911 were living in River Road, which changed its name to Ashgrove Rd in 1911, and became Ashgrove Terrace in 1917.

Edmund went to Addington School. He was an Anglican.

He became an engineer at Booth, McDonald and Company. He was of average height at 5’7 ¾” tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. On his right forearm he had a tattoo of a Maltese cross. On his left forearm he had two hearts and an anchor.

He signed up on 12th August, 1914, as soon as war broke out, and left New Zealand from Wellington on the 16th October with the Main Body. They did more training in Egypt, before heading to Gallipoli.

When in Gallipoli, he was ‘attached to headquarters and engaged in special duties including sniping’. On 22nd June, 1915, he was wounded. He was also wounded on 18th September, and was then admitted to the No.1 Australian Stationary Hospital in Mudros, then transferred to First Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, and then to Walton General Hospital.

After a short furlough, he returned to the field on 12th May, 1916, this time in France. About three months later, he was admitted to the No.7 General Hospital for a ten day stay, with German measles!

About four weeks later, on the 16th September, 1916, he was killed in Somme, Northern France, aged 26. For a while he was declared missing, but after a Court of Enquiry, he was declared missing, believed killed.

He is buried in Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers, Somme, France.

He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal

His brother, Ralph Jocelyn Gale, was killed at the Somme six days later.

Edmund's name is on the roll of honour board at St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Cashmere, and on the Addington School Honours Board.


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Edmund Lincoln Gale

First Names:Edmund Lincoln
Last Name:Gale
Place of Birth:Addington, Christchurch