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Charles Arthur Harries was born in Gisborne on 16 August 1894. He was the eldest of five children. He enlisted for Military Service and trained in New Zealand from April to August 1915.

Charles left for World War 1 on 14 August 1915 as part of the Wellington Infantry Battalion. He was given a camera to take with him. Most of the one hundred images from his photograph album were taken on the Western Front. This album has been looked after by his son J.D Harries.

Charles would have spent his 21st birthday on a boat bound for Suez, Egypt. He kept his ticket for the Tofua. He served for 4 years and 72 days. 3 years and 289 days of this service were overseas, including time in Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium. He enlisted as a Private and was promoted to Lance Corporal and upwards and finally he was sent to an Officer’s Training School at Oxford, UK, where he was commissioned and returned to New Zealand as a Second Lieutenant. As well as photographs, Charles brought home his pay books as souvenirs and railway tickets from London to France and for any destination. He treasured his paybooks and asked that they be well looked after. As well as showing his pay, they record a brief will that all soldiers made. His Military Personnel File is available on Archway New Zealand.

Charles' brother, Leonard, also went to war and the two brothers met up in Belgium in 1916.

Charles survived and was discharged from service on 27 June 1919. He returned to Gisborne. He married his sweetheart, Hannah Hutton. They had four children. Charles was a wonderful father and loved his outdoor activities such as fishing and took a great interest in his Children’s activities.

He led the Gisborne ANZAC Day Parade through the Botanical Gardens to the ANZAC Service in 1920. He took keen interest in the Returned Services Association and was very active with the Gisborne RSA, serving on the Gisborne Committee.

He was a clerk for a Common Shelton and Co before the war. After the war, he became accountant for the Gisborne Sheepfarmers’ Company. Later, he applied and was accepted as the Secretary for the Cook Hospital Board and spent 24 years with them. During his time with Cook Hospital he became very involved with the National Body of the New Zealand Hospital Officers Association and was awarded Life Membership to that organisation. 

Unfortunately, his health gave out on him and he returned with his wife firstly to Lake Okareka and then Tauranga where he died in 1954.


HARRIES, Charles Arthur

Sources:Cenotaph Database
First Names:Charles Arthur
Last Name:Harries
Date of Birth:16 August 1894
Date of Death:21 August 1954
Place Enlisted:214 Stout Street, Whatapoko, New Zealand
Marital Status at Enlistment:Single
Next of Kin:J.D. Harries (father), Gladstone Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
Regiment or Service:Wellington Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements
Service Number:10/2632
Place of Embarkation:Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Embarkation:14 August 1915
Vessel:Willochra or Tofua
Place of Arrival Overseas:Suez, Egypt
Military Awards:British War Medal, Victory Medal, Star
Wars:World War 1, 1914-1918
Spouses Name:Hannah Hutton
Fathers Name:John David Harries
Mothers Name:Caroline Harries