Topic: Albert Samuel Wasley (1888-1917)

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Tauranga bushman Albert Samuel Wasley was killed in action in Belgium on 4 October 1917 during the opening phases of the Battle of Passchendaele, but has no known grave. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Albert Samuel Wasley was born in Midhirst, Taranaki on 1 December 1888 (reg. 1889/18125), the youngest of nine children. His parents were Edwin Davis and Ellen Wasley (nee Betteridge) who married at St Mary in Gloucester, England on 11 July 1867.

Albert was employed as a bushman for the Tauranga Sawmilling Company.

His mother, Ellen, died in Tauranga on 23 November 1908 at the age of 65 (reg. 1908/6920). She was buried in Tauranga Anglican Cemetery.

Albert was living at Oropi when he enlisted to served during World War I on 9 February 1916. He embarked for the United Kingdom with the 13th Reinforcements on 27 May 1916 and entered active service in France on 13 August 1916 as a Private, 1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment.

Lance Corporal Albert Samuel Wasley was killed in action in Belgium on 4 October 1917 during the opening phases of the Battle of Passchendaele, but has no known grave. He was aged 28.

Albert is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Albert Samuel Wasley (1888-1917)

Albert named his next-of-kin as his uncle, Mr William Wasley, of Hawera. His medals, the British War Medal and Victory Medal, were forwarded in 1922 to his father Edwin. In his will he left his estate equally to his brothers and sisters.

Edwin died in Napier on 7 February 1924.


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand). 


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Albert Samuel Wasley (1888-1917)

Note:Service Number: 23460
First Names:Albert Samuel
Last Name:Wasley
Date of Birth:1 December 1888
Place of Birth:Midhirst, Taranaki
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:4 October 1917
Place of death:Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Place of burial:Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Fathers name:Edwin Davis Wasley
Fathers date of birth:31 October 1842
Fathers place of birth:Down Hatherly, Gloucestershire, England
Fathers date of death:7 February 1924
Fathers place of death:Napier, New Zealand
Mothers name:Ellen Betteridge
Mothers date of birth:15 May 1843
Mothers place of birth:Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, England
Mothers date of death:23 November 1908
Mothers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)