Topic: Ernest Waller

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Ernest Waller (Service no. 8776) was a First World War soldier with links to the Waltham area.

Ernest Waller was born in Geraldine on the 22nd of September, 1881, to parents Charles and Susan Waller. Not much is known about his life other than his occupation as a gardener for C.C. Resmussan. His last known address before the war was Tainui Street, Spreydon.

After signing up, he embarked the HMNZT 99 in Wellington on December 31st 1917, arriving in Glasgow, Scotland on February 25th 1918. He left for France on April 29th and took up his post as Rifleman on May 11th. He fought in France for four months until he was killed in action in Bapaume on August 26th 1918, at the age of 37.

He was awarded the British Victory Medal, which was sent to his mother Susan, through her solicitor. Ernest was buried in the Vaulx Hill Cemetary, in Pas-de-Calais, France.

He is remembered on the Waltham Memorial gates, Waltham Park, Christchurch.

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Ernest Waller

First Names:Ernest
Last Name:Waller
Place of Birth:Geraldine, New Zealand