23/573 Rifleman Albert Reeves, NZ Rifle Brigade NZEF
NZEF Trio - 23/573 Reeves - Wounded
The 1914/15 Star trio issued to Albert Reeves, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, who served in Egypt and on the Western Front 1915 - 1918, and was wounded in September 1918.
Albert Reeves was born on 27th November 1892 at Ravensbourne, Dunedin. Son of John and Sarah Ann Reeves (née Cleverely). He married Hazel Dorothy Milford in April 1914, and a child later that year. Reeves had been working as a labourer on various construction projects around Dunedin when he enlisted for service in May 1915. Reeves embarked with 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade and saw service against the Senussi during Christmas 1915/16. He transferred to the Western Front, where he served with B Company, 1st Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade throughout the war. His luck ran out in September 1918, when he was wounded by a bullet through the shoulder resulting in evcuation to the UK and ending his war.
Reeves returned to New Zealand in 1919, resuming work as a labourer in Dunedin. His wife died in 1930, and he subsequently moved to Christchurch, where he married Margaret Mary Costigan in 1936. There were children of this marriage too. Albert Reeves died at Christchurch on 22nd July 1949 and was interred in Ruru Lawn Cemetery.
All medals are correctly impressed 23/573 RFLM. A. REEVES. N.Z.E.F.