Private Ernest Jesson

(Canterbury Museum, Bishop Collection)


Private Ernest Harold Jesson, like his brother Leslie, had attended Harewood School. However, he had moved to work on J. Cruikshank's farm at Kihikihi in the Waikato, and thus was part of the Auckland Infantry Regiment. He was 34 years old when he enlisted in January 1916. He left for overseas service in June 1916, arriving in France on 21 August and joined his battalion ten days later. His front-line service was short. He was reported missing on the first day of the battle of Flers-Courcellette. A Board of Enquiry held on 24 November 1916 found that he had been killed in action on 15 September 1916, and he is commemorated with many others of the missing on the New Zealand Memorial at Caterpillar Valley in the Somme.

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