39673 Sapper Richard Henry Petterd NZETC

Richard Henry Petterd (39673) served as a Sapper in France with the New Zealand Engineers Tunneling Company (4th Reinforcements) from 1917 to 1918.

He was born on the 3rd of January 1871 in Hobart, Tasmania, the 11th child of William Frederick Petterd and Amelia Sarah Andrew. His father was a wellknown Cabinet Maker and Undertaker and the Petterd Family were one of the “founding families” of Tasmania.

Little is know of Richard’s early life in Tasmania but age 21 he was serving as a Seaman in the Royal Navy aboard HMS Egeria carrying out survey work around Australia and the Pacific. Following this he was a Merchant Seaman on a number of Union Steamship Co. vessels. His date of arrival in New Zealand is unknown but by the early 1900’s he was the Proprietor of the Castlecliff Hotel in Wanganui and later the Family Hotel in Lower Hutt. He married Helena Margaret Maule on 11 July 1901 in Wanganui and they had four children. At the time of his enlistment in 1916 Richard was 45 and farming in Swanson, Auckland. He lied on his enlistment papers about is age, indicating his birth date as 1873. He listed his occupation as: Settler.

In his latter life Richard was a keen gardener and enthusiastic bowler, being a founding member of the Warkworth Bowling Club and long term Secretary of the Warkworth RSA. He died on 22 January 1941 in Warkworth and is buried in the Anglican Church cemetery there.

Thanks to Shane Petterd for providing this information