National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

WWI Soldier from Napier

Edward Herman Weber was born in Napier on 5th May 1893 and attended Napier Boys High School.

In 1915 his occupation is listed as farmer in Kaikoura, and at 21 years old he was still a single man. He nominated his father, Mr Herman Weber of Seapoint Road, Napier as his next-of-kin. He was 5’ 8” tall, with grey-blue eyes and brown hair.

Edward enlisted on the 7th January 1915 and embarked on the troopship “Knight Templar” bound for Suez on the 17th April 1915.

As a Private in the 1st Battalion, Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1NZEF, he joined the battalion at Gallipoli on the 9th June 1915. Two months later on 8th August he was badly injured with a gunshot wound to his head during the attack on Chunuk Bair. He was evacuated to Mudros and then transferred to Grey Towers Hospital in Englandarriving there 23rd August 1915. It took him 14 months to recover before again proceeding to the front line, this time in France, on 30th October 1916.

On 12th June 1917 after seven months in the frontline Edward was wounded a second time with a severe gunshot wound to his thigh and also suffering from shellshock and trench fever. Edward was evacuated back to England to Brokenhurst Hospital and then to Hornchurch.

Having served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France he was returned to New Zealand 3rdDecember 1918 on the “Tahiti” and was discharged 23rd April 1919 as “no longer fit for active service due to wounds received in action”.

He died in Dannevirke on the 7th May 1974, aged 81.