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Harry Hamilton Hursthouse Burnand

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Burnand Harry Hamilton Hursthouse

Surname: Burnand

Forenames: Harry Hamilton Hursthouse

Age at Death: 24

Honours & Awards: Victory and British War Medals

Date of Death: 7/06/1917

Last Residence or Enlistment Address:

Manunui, Taumarunui

Family and other Information:

Son of Lily Burnand, of Manunui, and the Late John Henry Davis Burnand. Also Served In Egypt.

Memorial: Taumarunui

Service No: 25/84

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: New Zealand Machine Gun Corps

Unit: No. 3 Coy.

Embarkation Date: 5th February 1916

Place of Death: Belgium

Cemetery Name: Messines Ridge (N.Z.) Memorial

Grave Reference: No Known Grave

Cause of Death: Killed in action

Memorial Image:

Personal Details from Military Record

Eye Colour: Blue

Hair: Brown

5ft 8½in

st 140lb

Date of Birth: 04/09/1892

Occupation: Clerk

Religion: Church of England

Next of Kin: Mrs Lilly Burnand, Manunui, Taumarunui.

Personal Stories

John Henry Davis Burnand, a director of sawmilling firm Ellis and Burnand from 1891 until 1919,Father of Lc Cpl Harry Burnand  

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General Information

The opening of the Battle of Messines was at that time the biggest bang in history. At Hill 60, at the northern extremity of the line, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company had been at work since November 1916 digging two large mineshafts under Hill 60 and The Caterpillar. Right along the British front were 17 other similar mines, all packed with explosives, and at 3.10 am on 7 June 1917 they were blown simultaneously as the opening move in the Messines attack. The Hill 60 mine created a crater 60 feet deep and 260 feet wide. The effect on the German front–line troops was overwhelming. In the wake of the explosions, and preceded by a creeping artillery barrage, the Australians, New Zealanders and British troops advanced to find a shattered enemy

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