The Edies

World War I Service: Albert Victor Wilson Edie

The information below is from Albert's Defence Force Personnel Record, from Archives NZ.

Biographical Details

According to his History-Sheet, his occupation was Farmer, his last employer being 'Self', at Edievale, his religion was Presbyterian and his birth-date was given as 12 May, 1881. His next of kin was listed as his wife, Mrs A V W Edie, Edievale, Otago. His service number was given as 56974 and assigned the rank of Private.

His Attestation was dated 9 March 1917, at Tapanui. His birth-place was Edievale, in 1881. His father is named as John Edie and his mother as Mary, both born in Scotland. He had been in New Zealand 'since birth', and his parents for 53 and 52 years. His occupation was famer; he had passed the Fourth Educational Standard. His last employer was 'Self'.

He was married, with no dependent children under 16 years of age, nor anyone "absolutely dependent" on him.

His physical description is given as: 35 years 10 months; he was 5 foot 10 inches and weighed 203 pounds, and had chest measurements of 40 to 42 inches. He was of Fair complexion, with Hazel eyes and Brown hair. His eyesight and hearing were 'Normal' and he was classed as 'Fit Class A'.

Service Details

Albert's service number was 56974. He began his service on 3 May 1917. He served 164 days in NZ, 364 days overseas, for a total of 1 year and 163 days, finally being discharged on 8 November 1918.

  • 13 October 1917 he Embarked for Europe at Wellington
  • 8 December 1917 he disembarked at Liverpool
  • 13 December 1917 he marched into Sling
  • 14 January 1918 he was admitted to 3rd NZ General Hospital
  • 11 March 1918 he was discharged to duty at Sling
  • 13 June 1918 he was classified unfit and placed on NZ Roll in London
  • 8 August 1918 he embarked for NZ on the Paparoa at Plymouth
  • He was discharged as 'No longer physically fit for war serrvice on 8 November 1918.