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Predicate Object 12 Dec 2014 2014-12-12T00:00:00.000Z 2014-12-12T00:00:00.000Z 2014.90.4 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2014.90.4 Gift of Mr Evan Jenkins 2015-06-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2019-10-25T03:30:59.792Z I 55 religion/wars "Active Service" New Testament Belonged to 17179 Gunner Eric Milton Denby, New Zealand Field Artillery, 16th Reinforcements, NZEF. A pocket-size New Testament printed for WW1 troops. It includes a message from Lord Roberts on the inside front cover. Roberts was a hero of the Boer War and a committed Christian. Eric Milton Denby was born in Warkworth but lived most of his life in Northcote, Auckland. He trained as an engineer and in WW1 was posted to the NZ Field Artillery. He survived a gunshot wound to the scalp in Ypres in 1917 but was adjudged no longer physically fit for military service. He later joined the Dunedin-based Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand Ltd as an engineer and his maritime career with the company was marked by at least two significant events, both sinkings. On 19 August 1930, Denby was third engineer on the RMS Tahiti when she sank near Rarotonga en route from Wellington to San Francisco, following a holing two days previously caused by the breaking of a propeller shaft. All were rescued. On December 8 1940 Denby was second engineer onboard the SS Komata when she was sunk off Nauru by the German raider Komet. Most of the crew were rescued and taken on board to join the survivors of other cargo & passenger vessels sunk over the previous month by the raider and her two fellow hunters. Denby was one of nearly 500 captives eventually marooned by the Germans on Emirau Island. "Active Service" Testament 1914-15, WW1 Belonged to 17179 Gunner Eric Milton Denby, New Zealand Field Artillery, 16th Reinforcements, NZEF. pocket sized New Testament; cloth cover with red printing; title on cover: "ACTIVE SERVICE" / TESTAMENT / 1914-15; printed pages edges tipped in red; inside cover: Lord Roberts' Message dated 25th Aug. 1914 Bible
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