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Anthony Hugh Hanmer (Service Number 7/515) was a First World War soldier with links to the suburb of Woolston.

Anthony Hugh Hanmer Anthony Hugh Hanmer was born in Riccarton, Christchurch on the 18th of September 1890, the third son of George and Ruth (nee Cox) Hanmer. Ruth was the grand-daughter of Bishop Harper, first Bishop of Christchurch and second Primate of New Zealand. 

George's father Humphrey Hanmer was a 'well-known landed proprietor of Canterbury'. One of his Christchurch properties  was close to the Avon River, a little to the east of Fitzgerald Avenue. When the land was sub-divided a street named Hanmer Street was put through it. The Hanmer Family also gave their name to Hanmer Springs and Hanmer Plains. George was a licensed surveyor.

George and Ruth lived at 'Tilford', on the corner of what is now Tilford Street and Ferry Road. There were six children in the family; Humphrey, Dorothy, John, twins Anthony and  Madeline and Municent. John also served in the First World War.

Anthony was educated at Sumner School, Christ's College and at Wanganui Collegiate School. After leaving school he worked in an office for a time before taking up farming. His enlistment papers give his occupation as shepherd; he was managing Gordon Fulton's station Mount Stewart at Rotherham.

Anthony enlisted on the 28th of August 1914, going to the Front with the Main Expeditionary Force, in the machine gun section. He was among the first to leave New Zealand, embarking from Wellington on the 16th of October 1914 for Suez, Egypt on the Tahiti or the Athenic and disembarking at Alexandria.

On Anthony’s Military History record the name and address of a friend is noted – Miss W.H. Campbell of 17 Palliser Road, West Kensington. His intended place of residence on discharge is noted as “England (if not allowed,Christchurch)". Perhaps he intended to stay with Miss Campbell but this was not to be.

Anthony was appointed Lance Corporal on the 23rd of June 1915 at Walker’s Ridge, Gallipoli Peninsula and was killed in action on August 10th, 1915, at Bauchop Hill, Gallipoli Peninsula. At the time of his death he was in the machine gun section of the Canterbury Mounted Regiment. 

He is commemorated on the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial,

He was posthumously awarded the 1914 – 1945 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


Related resources

Anthony Hugh Hanmer's military personnel file - Archives New Zealand (Archway)

Online Cenotaph record for Anthony Hugh Hanmer - Auckland War Memorial Museum

Memorial record - New Zealand War Graves project

Obituary - Papers Past: Sun, 31 August 1915, Page 6. FOR KING AND EMPIRE. TROOPER A. HANMER

Hanmer, Anthony Hugh - Papers Past: Press, 31 August 1915, Page 6. YESTERDAY'S LIST. KILLED IN ACTION.

Anthony Hanmer (killed in action) -  Papers Past: Sun, 18 September 1915 Page 9. UNVEILING CEREMONY. SUMNER ROLL OF HONOUR. 

Anthony Hanmer (killed in action) - Papers Past: Sun, 25 September 1915 Page 11. SUMNER RIPPLES. THE SCHOOL ROLL OF HONOUR.

Memorial service of thanksgiving - Papers Past: Star, 25 April 1917 Page 6 CHRIST'S COLLEGE

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Anthony Hugh Hanmer

First Names:Anthony Hugh
Last Name:Hanmer
Place of Birth:Riccarton, Christchurch