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Lt. Col. Edward SHERSON, Killed in Action and his son Arthur Noel lost at sea aged 18 are memorialised....

on the grave of his wife and another son Hugh.


Lt. Col. Edward SHERSON

N.Z.F.A. Auckland

Late Major 2nd Battalion

Auckland Reg. N.Z.E.F.


Beloved husband of


Killed in Action at Crevecoeur

Sept 30th 1918

Aged 51 years


Alice Mary

Loved wife of the late


Died 10th May 1939

Aged 72 years


Also of

Arthur Noel

Third son of the above

Lost at sea in the S.Y. Aurora

About June 1917 Aged 18 years



Beloved son of


And the late


Died result of motorbus

Accident June 8th 1921

Aged 24 years


“Till the day breaks and the shadows flee away”







Occupation before enlist: Sanitary inspector


Awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces’ Officers’ decoration [10]


New Zealand Herald, Volume LV, Issue 16982, 16 October 1918, Page 8


Major Edward Sherson, T.D., who has been killed in action, was a well-known Auckland officer. He joined "A" Battery nearly thirty years ago, and passed through every rank in turn from gunner to lieutenant-colonel, commanding the Auckland Field Artillery Brigade, being a commissioned officer for over twenty years. He held the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration and the Long Service Medal. At the outbreak of the war, although over military age, he offered to serve in any capacity the authorities desired. He was offered an appointment in the infantry with the rank of major, which he accepted, and left New Zealand in command of the twentieth reinforcements in December, 1916. Major Sherson took up his new duties so thoroughly that he quickly qualified for and was appointed to the position of chief musketry instructor in Sling camp, England, where he was kept till April last, when he crossed to France. There he joined the Second Battalion, Auckland Infantry, with which he was serving at the time of his death. Major Sherson leaves a widow and had four sons and one daughter, the youngest son being 14 years of age and the daughter 10. The two eldest sons are serving with the artillery in France, while the third was on the Antarctic ship Aurora when that vessel disappeared in the Pacific last year. [2]


Auckland Star, Volume XLIX, Issue 251, 21 October 1918, Page 10

On September 30 1918, killed in action somewhere in France, Major Edward Sherson late Lieut-Col of Field Artillery Brigade NZEF also Major Twelfth Reinforcements and Second Auckland Infantry Battalion beloved husband of Alice M SHERSON and dearly loved father of Gunners Eric and Hugh Sherson on active service also Noel of missing S.Y. Aurora aged 51 years.

He died for us.[1]


Edwards Cenotaph database record with a splendid portrait photo:



Born c1897[7]


Service Number: 66031

Occupation before enlist: Stationer

Occupation at death: Traffic inspector


SHERSON.— On the 5th June, accidentally killed in Khyber Pass Road, Hugh Sherson, second son of Mrs. A. M. Sherson, and the late Lieut.-Colonel E. Sherson, of 14, Haydn Street; aged 24 years. Funeral will leave his late residence, 14, Haydn Street, on Sunday, inst., at 2 p.m.[12]





A sensational accident, with fatal consequences, occurred in Khyber Pass Road at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, when a large char-a-banc, loaded with passengers for the races at Ellerslie, struck a tramcar and capsized, throwing the passengers into the roadway. Six parsons sustained injuries necessitating medical attention, one of them succumbing to his injuries several hours later in the Auckland Hospital. Those who received injuries are: Mr. Hugh Sherson, aged 24. Assistant traffic inspector to the City Council, who resided at 14, Hayden Street, fatal injuries.

Mr. Frank Houser, a married man, aged 28, residing at King's Court, injuries to face and right arm.

Mr. Leonard Brokenshire, a young man residing at Avondale, bruises to face and hands.

Seaton Hammond, a child whose parents reside in Grey Lynn, injuries to right foot.

Delphio Jackson, a thirteen-year-old child, of Te Aroha, injuries to right leg.


Mr. Houser was admitted to the hospital, but the other four mentioned as receiving minor injuries were able to proceed to their homes. Another man, whose name was not ascertained, also received slight injuries, which were treated at the hospital before he went home.


Descent of Park Road Slope.

The char-a-banc, carrying a full complement of passengers, and driven by the owner, Mr. Frederick Charles Cleal, carrier, of Victoria Street West, was proceeding down the slope of Park Road with the engine cut off, when a tramcar, which had stopped immediately above the junction of the road with Khyber Pass Road, moved on again down Khyber Pass toward Newmarket. On seeing the tramcar, the driver of the motor-vehicle instantly applied the brakes, but the slope of the road and the heavy passenger load made a checking of speed and, though the vehicle swerved to avert a collision, it struck the rear of the tramcar and overturned. The passengers were thrown in all directions- Mr. Sherson was said to have been standing on the footboard by the driver's side when the vehicle capsized. The driver himself escaped injury. Dr. A. McG. Grant was summoned to the scene of the accident, and ordered Mr. Sherson, who was suffering from serious internal injuries, to be removed to the hospital. The injured man, however, succumbed at about 4.33 p.m. The char-a-banc sustained damage to the bonnet and minor breakages. The impact as it capsized tore the hood completely off. The vehicle was one of the largest of its class, and was insured. The tramcar, comprising two coupled cars, escaped all other damage than a broken side panel.


View Obscured by Hoarding.

The driver of the char-a-banc, Mr. Cleal, stated yesterday that his view of the tramcar was obscured at first by a large advertising hoarding situated at the side of the car-stop. On noticing the car moving out from the stop he sounded the horn frequently and applied the brakes, but they had no effect in stopping the vehicle's progress. A complaint regarding the same locality was made recently at a meeting of the Grammar School Board of Governors, when it was pointed out that a similar hoarding on the opposite side of the road constituted a danger to traffic emerging from Mountain Road into Khyber Pass.


The record of the family has been a somewhat tragic one, the father having been killed in action during the war, and the youngest of the three sons having lost his life on the Antarctic ship Aurora which disappeared in the Pacific in 1917.


Mr. Hugh Sherson was born in Auckland, and was educated at the Beresford Street School and the Auckland Grammar School. He went to the front in 1918 as a gunner in the 9th Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery. On his return after the armistice he undertook traffic inspector's duties for the City Council. Deceased's father, Major Edward Sherson, a well-known Auckland officer, left for the front in 1916, in command of the 20th served with the Second Battalion, Auckland Infantry, and was killed at Crevecoeur in October, 1918. Before the war he was a lieut.-colonel in the Field Artillery, The eldest son served with the artillery in France, and is now a purser on the Paloona.[13]



Born c 1898[6]


“Aurora” Antarctic Relief Expedition (report of the proceedings of the)


Auckland Star, Volume XLIX, Issue 142, 15 June 1918, Page 6

The Lost Aurora


Son Eric’s Cenotaph database record:

Eric died 31 March 1969 aged 73 and is buried at Waikumete Cemetery [3]



Other SHERSON children:


Other son Harold born c1902[4] appears to have died as an infant on 15 February 1902[5]


Other son Elliott born c1903[9]

Elliott died c1987[11]


Daughter Joy born c1908 [8] According to this site, married Len HOLMES







NZ Department of Internal Affairs: Birth registration 1902/842



NZ Department of Internal Affairs: Birth registration 1898/9813


NZ Department of Internal Affairs: Birth registration 1897/4621


NZ Department of Internal Affairs: Birth registration 1908/345


NZ Department of Internal Affairs: Birth registration 1903/6702



NZ Department of Internal Affairs: Death registration1987/52851




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