Relative seeks info on Whitikahu WW1 veteran

Kiwi troops departing Auckland World War I
Members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force crowded on the side of the troopship Monowai, 1914.

Number 8 Network has been contacted by a relative of a Whitikahu man who fought in World War I.

Gill Perez is seeking information about Charles John Sheard, who taught at Whitikahu School in the early 20th century.

“He worked there from March 1914 to April 1915, when he joined the NZEF. He is on the memorial roll in the town. He was taken ill and never recovered, dying in September 1916 in Avondale Mental Hospital by drowning.

“There was an open verdict but is thought that he killed himself.  I just wonder if anyone in the area knows anything about him.   This Saturday 2nd September will be the centenary of his death.”

Gill lives in England, on the Isle of Wight.  If you know anything or have any thoughts on where we can get information, please send an email here.

Photo credit: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19140917-46-4  (From the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News, 17 September 1914, p46.)

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