Topic: Alexander Masters Bannister

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From research done in 2008 by Wairarapa College Year 12 history assignment on Wairarapa soldiers who died in World War One.

Full name: Alexander Masters Bannister
Date of Birth: 7 January 1894
Serial number: 14557
Occupation before enlistment: Farmer
First known rank: Private
Embarkation date: 26 June 1916
Place of embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Body on embarkment: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkment unit: 14th Reinforcements
Wellington Infantry Battalion
B Company
Last unit served: Wellington Infantry Regiment
Rank last held: Private
Place of death: New Zealand
Date of Death: 6 November 1919
Cause of death: Pleurisy (infection)
Cemetery name: Masterton Cemetery

Biographical notes:
Born in Mauriceville to Jack Bannister and Harriet (Dolly) McKenzie of Longbush, Masterton.
He attended Masterton School until he passed Standard 3. He was then registered for admission to Longbush School 12 December 1904. He passed all standards up to standard 6 at Longbush School. Last day of attendance 18 April (?) 1908. His destination after school: unknown at time

Served on the Western Front, 1916-17

Admitted to Masterton Hospital in 1918 at age 24, to ward 1, spent 12 months there.

Obituary: Wairarapa Daily Times 7 November 1919 "The death occurred at the Masterton Hospital yesterday of a very popular soldier, in the person of Private Alick Masters Bannister, second son of Mr and Mrs John Bannister, of Longbush. Deceased, who was born at Mauriceville twenty-five years ago, left New Zealand with the 16th Reinforcements, and was invalided back home in January, 1918. He had been through some of the stiffest fighting on the western front , and was wounded at Messines. He had been an inmate of the Masterton Hospital during the past twelve months. Much sympathy will be extended to Mr and Mrs Bannister in their time of bereavement."

He was accorded a military funeral on 9 November 1919.

He was Presbyterian.

Student researcher: Matthew Rogers



Alexander Masters Bannister

First Names:Alexander Masters
Last Name:Bannister