1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand

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1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand
Years active:
Country: New Zealand
Service: New Zealand Army
Branch: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Type: Infantry
Specific type: Infantry battalion
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Created:
Alternate names:
Disbanded:
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Information on Battalion[edit]

The 1st Battalion Canterbury Regiment included the following companies:

  • 1st Canterbury Company
  • 2nd South Canterbury Company
  • 12th Nelson Company
  • 13th North Canterbury, Westland Company


Personal narratives[edit]

Robert John Petre (16 April 1894 - 5 June 1915)[edit]

Corporal. Main Body. 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Diary, January 1915 - June 1915, by Corporal Robert John Petre (Service No 6/119), Alexander Turnbull Library (MS-Papers-1833-1)

Covers Egypt training and Gallipoli campaign

Herbert Harold Stephens[edit]

Private. C Company. 6 Reinforcements. 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion

John Edward Constance (1894-1915)[edit]

Private. 2nd Platoon, 1st Canterbury Company, 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Diary, 1914-1915, by John Edward Constance (Service No 6/1223A), Alexander Turnbull Library (MSX-2845)

Diary covers Gallipoli campaign

George Henry Thomas[edit]

Main Body. 12th Nelson Company, 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Correspondence, 1915-1918, by George Thomas (Service No 6/367 ), Alexander Turnbull Library (MS-Papers-1543)

Letters home to his sister Annie Thomas (later Payne) dating from 28 April 1915 to 20 September 1916 including Gallipoli campaign. Papers also include letters from Annie's other brothers Frank (Service No: 35504) and Jack (Service No: 24247), friend Alick (Service No: 24195) and Claude (Service No: unknown)

Cecil Malthus[edit]

Private. Main Body. 12th Nelson Company, 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Letters, April 1914 - April 1917, by Cecil Malthus (Service No: 6/291), Christchurch City Libraries

Letters home to girlfriend Hazel.

Alexander Gillanders (Alick) McKay[edit]

C Company 12th Reinforcements. 12th Nelson Company, 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Correspondence, 1915-1918, by Alick McKay (Service No 24195 ), Alexander Turnbull Library (MS-Papers-1543)

Letter dated 13 August 1916 to his friend Annie Thomas (later Payne) after being wounded. Papers also include letters from Annie's brothers George (Service No: 6/367), Frank (Service No: 35504), Jack (Service No: 24247) and an unidentifed soldier friend named Claude.

Arthur Francis Lester Priest (1893 - 1915)[edit]

Lieutenant. 3rd Reinforcements. 13th North Canterbury Westland Company, 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Diary, Late 1914- August 1915, by Arthur Priest (Service No: 6/1695), Christchurch City Libraries

Diary includes Gallipoli Campaign

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