Pte. Henry John Hamblyn

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Pte. Henry John Hamblyn

Birthplace: New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
Death: October 03, 1916 (26)
Somme, Northern France, France (World War I: Killed in Action)
Place of Burial: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles John Hamblyn; Mary Ann Hamblyn and Mary Ann Hamblyn
Brother of Pte. James Edward Hamblyn; Pte. William Charles Hamblyn; Winifred Mary Hamblyn; Pte. Thomas Day Hamblyn; Richard Ernest Hamblyn and 7 others

Occupation: Farmhand | Wellington Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Find A Grave ID: 15292948
Service No: WWI 10/3915
Managed by: Charlene Newport
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About Pte. Henry John Hamblyn

Six Hamblyn brothers enlisted in Tariki, Taranaki to serve during World War One, only two came home. The first brother to lose his life at war was Henry, aged just 20, killed in action on New Zealand’s last day at The Somme. Later his brothers William and Thomas, both serving with the 1st Battalion of the Wellington Regiment, fought in the final push for Messines Ridge on 7 June 1917. The next day, New Zealand troops declared victory after two years of fighting to take the ridge from the German front line. Tragically both brothers were killed within hours of each other. Nearly a month later, the fourth brother James lost his life, just down the hill from Messines near La Basseville on 27 July 1917. An appeal was made by Tariki Patriotic Society to the Minister of Defence, Sir James Allen. Soon after, a decision was made to return the two remaining Hamblyn brothers home – one already wounded at a War Hospital and the other withdrawn to base duties out of harm’s way. Their mother Mary Hamblyn faced more heart-breaking loss at home, when her youngest son and husband died of Spanish flu. Source: Puke Ariki (Facebook, 25 April 2021).


  1. Cenotaph Record
  2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record
  3. New Zealand War Graves Record

Private in WIR, file number 10/3915. Son of Charles John and Mary Ann Hamblyn, of Sackville St., Fitzroy, New Plymouth.


  1. New Zealand and World War One Roll of Honour: / Ref 9.4.2021
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Pte. Henry John Hamblyn's Timeline

September 14, 1890
New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand
October 3, 1916
Age 26
Somme, Northern France, France
October 3, 1916
Age 26
Longueval, Somme, France