Edward Oliver DUNTON

Full Name Edward Oliver DUNTON
Serial No. 76116
Rank Private
Status/Occupation -- / Farm Hand
Body 40th Reinforcement, NZEF
Unit E Company
Last Address --
Next of Kin Mrs G. Dunton (Mother), Aongatete, via Tauranga
WW1 Medal Entitlement British War Medal 1914-19
Embarked Embarked 10th July 1918 aboard HMNZT 107 (ss Tahiti) and disembarked 10th September 1918 at Plymouth, ENGLAND.
Notes The 40th Reinforcement was one of the last units to leave New Zealand. They did not arrive in time to participate in active service and were therefore only entitled to receive the British War Medal 1914-19.
Sickness Outbreak en route to UK
Private Dunton travelled to England aboard the ss Tahiti. From the "List of Casualties - NZEF" it would appear that a total of 16 men (1 Sgt, 1 Corporal and 14 privates) Died of Disease during the voyage to the UK from New Zealand.

ss Tahiti
Gross Tons: 7585
In USSCo Fleet: 1911-1904
Built by: A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. Linthouse as Port Kingston.
Previous owners: Imperial Direct West India Mail Service Co. Ltd. (Elder Dempster & Co. Mgrs). 1904-08.
Elder Dempster & Co. Liverpool 1908-11.
1930 Broke starboard tail shaft 15th August 1930 which punctured hull. Sank 17th August 1930 (24.40S - 166.15W) about 460 miles from Rarotonga on passage Wellington to San Francisco.