Anselm was wounded in action, by gassing, on the 16 Nov 1917. He was admitted to hospital in France and NZ General Hospital, Bathurst, UK, with severe gas wounding ...




His photo is hung in the Hall Of Remembrance in Stratford. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.





37667, Sapper Anselm Matthew NZETC

By Faye Baldiston


Birth: 1894 in Rahotu, Taranaki
Death: 1 Dec 1918 at Stratford Hospital, Taranaki. Aged 24
Buried: Kopuatama Cemetery, Stratford, NZ

Anselm was awarded a Milan Scholarship for music, after his death Ellen (his mother) tried to transfer this to his brother Maurice but this was unsuccessful.

War Record: Serial Number 37667
First known rank: Sapper
Occupation before enlist: Labourer (tunneller)
Next of kin: Mrs Ellen Flynn (mother) Te Wera, Taranaki, NZ
Body on embarkment: NZ Engineers Tunnelling Unit
Embarkment unit: 5th reinforcements
Embarkment date: 27 Apr 1917 – aged 23
Place of Embarkment: Wellington, NZ
Transport: HMNZT 84
Vessel: Turakina
Destination: Plymouth, England
Last unit serviced: NZ Engineers
Departed for NZ: Embarked at Plymouth for NZ 24 Aug 1918 on Ionic
Date of death: 1 Dec 1918 at Stratford Hospital
Cause of death: Disease - Pneumonia following influenza

Anselm had lived in Okiawa, Kaponga and Te Wera with his family.

He embarked from Wellington NZ on 27 April 1917, at aged 23, on the ship Turakina. The destination was Plymouth, England.

On 12 Aug 1917 he left England, for France, marching into base at Etaples on 14 Aug 1917.

During the war Anselm was injured on the ankle when in a mined dugout, something (chalk) struck him. An inquiry was made into the injury as soldiers were sometimes known to injure themselves to avoid fighting. In this case Anselm’s injury was proved to be accidental.

Anselm was wounded in action, by gassing, on the 16 Nov 1917. He was admitted to hospital in France and NZ General Hospital, Bathurst, UK, with severe gas wounding and was then transferred to Convalescent Depot H’church. On the 18 Jun 1918 he was declared unfit for service due to this injury and embarked for NZ on 24 Aug 1918 on “Ionic”.

Anselm died after his return home on 1 Dec 1918 at age 24. He was still suffering the effects of gassing – there was a flu epidemic so maybe his weakened state made him more susceptible. He was living at Te Wera, Taranaki with his mother at the time of his death but was hospitalised in Stratford.

His photo is hung in the Hall Of Remembrance in Stratford. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.