Eduard Theodore Schmidt

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Westport, West Coast, New Zealand

Informations générales


Informations service militaire

New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation date:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
 —  Canterbury Regiment, 3rd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Parcelle: XII
Rangée: AA
Tombe: 4

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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#2 Lieu d'enrôlement

Mon histoire

Private Edward Theodore Schmidt served in the Canterbury Regiment, Third Battalion, 4th New Zealand Brigade. He was the son of John Gottfried Schmidt and Catherine Rose Schmidt, of 104, Russell St., Westport, New Zealand.

The New Zealand Division was in the Polygon Wood area, after the end of the Third Battle of Ypres. Much of the time was spent in wiring, repairing crumbling trenches and improving defenses. The landscape was covered with waterlogged shell holes. The right of the New Zealand position was enfiladed from Polderhoek and a decision was made to capture the spur on which the ruins of Polderhoek Chateau and German pillboxes sat.

After the unsuccessful attack on Polderhoek on 3 December, the various battalions took turns in the line and in reserve. Neither the New Zealand Division history or that of the Canterbury Regiment give detailed information for the December 1917-February 1918 period so it is impossible to say with any certainty how Edward died. The opposing German forces generally held higher ground and movement in the New Zealand lines was often observed and shelled or machine-gunned. It was during this period that Edward was killed, on the 28th of December 1917, aged 23.

He is among a group of New Zealand soldiers ‘Believed to be buried in this cemetery’ at Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood. His name is marked at a special memorial in Plot XII, Row AA, Grave 4.

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"The New Zealand Division 1916-1919 : a popular history based on official records", Stewart H., Whitcombe and Tombs, 1921, page 314 - 315, page 23
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Auckland Cenotaph
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NZEF Project
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Service Records
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The Long, Long Trail
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