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Predicate Object Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1995x2.35 2004-06-16T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-30T20:06:40.957Z 65 casualties/wars commemoration/wars marble bust of Gnr GHM Napier, NZ Field Artillery, accidental death, 1919 Granville Harley Mills Napier was the son of William Joseph and Henrietta Cornelia Evelyn Napier of Auckland He accidentally drowned in the United Kingdom on 15 June 1919, while waiting to be shipped back to New Zealand after the Armistice. Granville Napier initially joined the Artillery branch of the Territorials, being under age to leave with the Expeditionary Force. He was posted to Fort Cautley, Auckland, and in the meantime read law in his father s office. On reaching the age of twenty, he entered Featherston Camp and left as a bombardier with the 24th Reinforcements, N.Z.F.A. He served in Flanders throughout the remainder of the war, and after the signing of the armistice went with his unit to Cologne, where he remained with the Army of Occupation for two months. He returned to England in March, 1919, and entered Lincolns Inn as a law student while waiting for his ship to return home. Unfortunately this was not to be, as he became the victim of an unfortunate accident which deprived him of his life." (ref: In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) marble bust of 42997 Gunner Granville Harley Mills Napier, New Zealand Field Artillery, WW1 marble bust and stand; male soldier in NZ Field Artillery uniform including webbing over left shoulder, three pouches at front and one at rear; artillery buttons; shoulder straps marked: 24 / NZFA; base is inset for mounting on stand .1 marble bust .2 wooden stand bust
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