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Do you have a photo, letter or story about a Catholic ancestor or friend who fought (in the forces), nursed, knitted, was manpowered, etc. that you would like to share with us. We would love to add copies of these memories (mementos) to our Catholic heritage online Archive Database

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Stuart Henrys

At the age of only 17, on the 14th of August 1914 Stuart Henrys enlisted with the Expeditionary Force, being posted to D Battery, Wellington. Prior to enlisting, Mr Henrys was employed as a clerk with Dalgety & Co in Wellington. With his Battery he served in Egypt, the Balkans (Gallipoli) and France. Following the Battle of the Somme he was sent to England to join the Officers’ Training corps. Upon completion of this training he secured his commission and returned to the Front – he was not yet 21 years of age. He was wounded in 1918 but was soon able to return to his company with whom he fought until the end of the war. He was discharged on 22 May 1919. Two years after Stuart’s return to New Zealand he took up farming in the Hunua area of Auckland and we understand he undertook this occupation with considerable success. He married Kathleen Ann Smith in 1924 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, in the parish of Epsom. Unfortunately, he was killed in a truck accident on the 17th of March 1928, leaving Kathleen a widow with 2 small children, a girl and a boy.
Stuart Henrys, son of Joseph Edward & Nellie Henrys, was born in the Wellington District and had attended St. Patrick’s College, Wellington, where his record was “of the best”.