Capt. Eric Buckingham Alley

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Capt. Eric Buckingham Alley

Birthplace: Springfield, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Death: June 17, 1916 (23)
Armentières, Nord, France (World War I: Died of Wounds)
Place of Burial: Nord, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Frederick James Alley and Clara Maria Alley
Brother of Gwendolen Lucy Somerset, MBE; Rewi [Ai-lao] Alley, QSO, MM; Philip John Alley; Geoffrey Thomas Alley, OBE; Kathleen Mary Alley and 2 others

Service No: WWI 9/239
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About Capt. Eric Buckingham Alley

Eric Alley was working on Frederic Alley’s land in Lumsden when war was declared. Eric wasted no time in joining the Otago Mounted Rifles and later the Otago Infantry.

Although wounded, Eric survived Gallipoli. But in June 1916 after doing reconnaissance in no man’s land leading up to the German trenches, Eric was killed at Armentières in northern France.

He was known as a great leader and much loved by his men, who erected a cross in his memory.

Letters from a London nurse to Eric Alley are held in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Source: 'Eric and Rewi Alley Great War Story', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 26-Apr-2018

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Capt. Eric Buckingham Alley's Timeline

December 4, 1892
Springfield, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
June 17, 1916
Age 23
Armentières, Nord, France
June 17, 1916
Age 23
Nord, France