New Zealand Cavers soldiers in World War One

I previously blogged about known Cavers soldiers in World War One, covering soldiers in the UK, Canada, and Australia. I’ve now learned of a new resource for New Zealanders, who often enlisted in other countries. The Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database, is gathering information on known New Zealand WW1 soldiers.

Searching the database there are currently two Cavers entries in there, and it looks like two brothers from Galashiels, Selkirkshire: Francis Cavers (b. 1891), and David Hunter Cavers (b. 1897), sons of David Cavers the policeman who I blogged about the other day.

Both when they enlisted gave their next of kin as their father David Cavers, of Hauturu, New Zealand. Both were farmers, and both joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, specifically the Mounted Rifles division. Both sailed from Wellington, New Zealand to Egypt: Francis in 1916, David in 1917. I don’t know what happened to them after that.

I wonder if there are more New Zealand World War One soldiers to be uncovered. And I wonder if their service records may yet be digitised, as Canada and the UK have done.

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2 thoughts on “New Zealand Cavers soldiers in World War One

  1. At least some New Zealand service records have been digitised, and can be freely accessed via Archway, the New Zealand National Archives Catalogue. (http://archway.archives.govt.nz/). This includes David’s. Looks like he spent the rest of the war in Egypt (including some time as a machine gunner and temporary Sergeant), and returned safe and sound in 1919.

    Philip

    P.S. I found your twitter feed (and blogs) as a result of your talk at the recent conference held by CAIS at Dundee. I’m currently enrolled in the MLitt in Family and Local History there, via distance-learning from New Zealand!

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