Topic: Alfred George Ericksen

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From research done in 2009 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: Alfred George Ericksen

Date of Birth: 23 May 1886
Serial number: 11/761
Occupation before enlistment: 
First known rank: Corporal
Embarkation date: 14 December 1914
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkation: 2nd Reinforcements
Embarkation unit: Wellington Mounted Rifles
Last unit served: Wellington Mounted Rifles
Rank last held: Lance Corporal
Place of death: Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death: 9 August 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery name: Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey 

Biographical notes: 

Alfred enrolled at Mauriceville West School on 19 June 1898 along with his three brothers, Arthur, Harold and Percy.

He was killed in action at ANZAC Cove and his body was unlocated.

"'Died an absolute hero.' (Tribute from Sergt. Judd) Reprint from letter received August 1915. Writing from Gallipoli prior to the evacuation of the Colonial troops, to Mr P. R. Kent, of Pongaroa, Sergeant Norman H Judd, well known in Pahiatua, Pongaroa and Woodville, states that Private Alf Ericksen, brother of Mr C. Ericksen, of Pongaroa, was killed just before the writer was wounded. The latter stated that a number of the men and an officer were working the only machine-gun they had left in action out of eight. The officer was killed first, then the sergeant who had taken command. Ericksen in sheer desperation, got his gun right out over the little bit of cover available, and he absolutely mowed the enemy down, who were threatening to envelope the right flank. Sergeant Judd stated that "Poor Old Alf put up the gamest show I've seen. He didn't know what fear was, and died an absolute hero." He could write pages about him, no praise being too great. The position (Chunuk Bair) was lost; and the action was one of the hottest the regiment was engaged in, only a remnant of it surviving. "Alf Ericksen," continues the writer, "was indeed a brother to be proud of. The machine-gun crews were the gamest of game men, and he was not exaggerating when he declared that Alf Ericksen was one of the stars."

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times, 2 September 1915.

Lance-Corporal A.G. Ericksen, whose mother resides at Mauriceville, has been killed in the fighting at the Dardanelles. He was a well-known footballer.

Student researcher: Aimee Callaghan



Alfred George Ericksen

First Names:Alfred George
Last Name:Ericksen