Topic: Charles Horace Maffey

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Charles Horace Maffey was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner.

Charles Horace Maffey was born as a second son of John and Mary in Redcliffs on 29 April 1893. Charles had 6 other siblings - William David Maffey (b. 1892), Mark Thomas Maffey (b. 1894), Stephen Ashley Hines Maffey (b. 1897), Edward Maffey (b. 25th April 1899 d. 28th April 1899), Albert Richard Maffey (b. 1903), Ruby Mary Elizabeth Maffey (b. 1906).

It is recorded his young brother Stephen attended Redcliffs School. However, the family shifted to Kakanui, a small town on the coast of Otago at some point and Charles worked as a self-employed farm labourer. He had fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, and was slightly deaf in one ear.

He enlisted on the 11th of February 1915, and joined the Otago infantry Battalion, 5th Reinforcements. They embarked from Wellington on board the HMNZT 24, vessel Maunganui, on 13th June 1914 arriving in Seuz, Egypt on 24th July 1915. He was Private, and his service number was 8/2046.

He fell sick and returned to New Zealand on board the Tahiti, disembarking at Port Chalmers. He died 7th January 1916 aged 22 due to Typhoid fever at Dunedin Hospital. He was buried in Oamaru Old Cemetery. It is believed his two brothers William and Stephen were also drafted to the war and killed in the battle.

Charles is remembered on the Sumner War Memorial Plaque on Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.

Related Resources:

Online Cenotaph record for Charles Horace Maffey Auckland War Memorial Museum

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Charles Horace Maffey

First Names:Charles
Last Name:Maffey
Place of Birth:Redcliffs