Edith May Smith

Edith May Smith

Female 1893 - 1970  (77 years)

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  1. 1.  Edith May SmithEdith May Smith was born 1893, Christchurrch, New Zealand; died 17 Dec 1970, Christchurrch, New Zealand; was buried Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Christchurch, Bew Zealand.

    Notes:

    Birth:
    Registration Number: 1893/853
    Family Name: Smith
    Given Name(s): Edith May
    Mother's Given: Marie Frederica
    Name(s) Father's Given: Alfred William
    (Births, Deaths and Marriages Online, New Zealand Government)

    Edith May MacPherson
    Allister Ewen Macpherson
    Alan Allister Macpherson (Son)
    372 Hereford Street, Christchurch

    Casualty
    Service Number:
    41211
    Name:
    Allister Ewen Macpherson
    Rank:
    Lieutenant
    Date of Birth:
    Not known
    Next of Kin:
    Mrs E.M. Macpherson (wife), 372 Hereford Street, Linwood, Christchurch, New Zealand
    Date of Enlistment:
    Not known
    Occupation on Enlistment:
    Motor salesman
    Armed Force:
    Army
    Unit:
    3 New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade, 2 Battalion
    Casualty Details
    Cause of Death:
    Died of wounds
    Date of Death:
    26 August 1918
    Day of Death:
    Monday
    Age at Death:
    26
    Conflict:
    WW1

    Embarkation Details
    Embarkation Body:
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade
    Embarkation Place:
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Embarkment Date:
    12 June 1917
    Transport:
    HMNZT 86
    Vessel:
    Maunganui
    Destination:
    Plymouth, England

    Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Cemetery
    Cemetery:
    Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension

    Last Employer was A.W. Smith, Christchurch)

    Son
    Flying-Officer Alan Allister MACPHERSON ? 28 years - Mrs MacPherson, Christchurch (mother) [Son of Lt. Allister Ewen Macpherson and Edith May Macpherson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand]

    Flying Officer Alan Allister MACPHERSON (2323) of the Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Death of Death 1945-09-24 Age : 28 years.

    Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
    Aircraft Name: Dakota C-47B NZ 3526 Date of Crash: 24 Sep 45 Unit 40 Sqdn RNZAF Airfield /Crash Location , New Caledonia

    Served in 40 Sqdn RNZAF

    Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 4. at Bourail Memorial, New Caledonia

    More Details: SON OF LT. ALLISTER EWEN MACPHERSON AND EDITH MAY MACPHERSON, OF CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY, NEW ZEALAND.

    Service Number:
    2323
    Name:
    Alan Allister Macpherson
    Rank:
    Flying Officer
    Date of Birth:
    Not known
    Place of Birth:
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Date of Enlistment:
    Not known
    Armed Force:
    Air Force
    Unit:
    Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Cause of Death:
    Accidental death on active service
    Date of Death:
    24 September 1945
    Day of Death:
    Monday
    Age at Death:
    28
    Conflict:
    WW2

    Embarkation Body:
    Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum
    Cemetery:
    Bourail Memorial
    Cemetery Reference:
    Panel 4.
    Cemetery Location:
    New Caledonia

    Online Cenotaph


    Alan Allister Macpherson
    Died 24 September 1945
    PDF
    Service number 294838 AWMM
    NZ2323 AWMM
    Armed force / branch Air Force AWMM
    Last rank
    Flying Officer/Military AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force, 40 Squadron AWMM
    War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM


    Flying Officer MACPHERSON, ALAN ALLISTER

    Service Number 2323

    Died 24/09/1945

    Aged 28

    Royal New Zealand Air Force

    Son of Lt. Allister Ewen Macpherson and Edith May Macpherson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Presbyterian marriage - Timaru. Alexander MACPHERSON, 35, married 16 March 1891 to Maria Gray, age 25.

    Birth: Allister Ewen Macpherson was born to Maria and Alexander Macpherson in 1892.

    He married Edith May Smith in 1916.

    Lieutenant A.E. Macpherson, NZRB, embarked 12 June 1917 and died of wounds near Pas de Calais, France 26 August 1918. Serial No. 41211. NOK: Mrs E.M. Macpherson (wife), 372 Hereford Street, Linwood, Christchurch.

    Edith May Smith - Macpherson from tree Stuart Family Tree
    Record information.
    Birth date/1893 city Christchurch Canterbury New Zealand
    Marriage year New Zealand
    Residence year city Christchurch Canterbury New Zealand
    Death year city Christchurch Canterbury New Zealand
    Record information.
    Father given name surname
    Mother given name surname
    Spouse Allister Ewen McPHERSON (Macpherson) (1892-year)

    Registration Number: 1892/2700
    Family Name: Macpherson
    Given Name(s: Allister Ewen
    Mother's Given Name Maria
    Name(s) Father's Given: Alexander
    1892/2700

    Press, 17 April 1918, Page 7
    Lieutenant Allister Ewen Macpherson (wounded) is the only son of Mr Alexander Macpherson, Fields Inspector, Department of Agriculture, Christchurch. Lieutenant Macpherson who is 20 years of age, and is married, was born at Longburn, near Palmerston North, and received his education at the East Christchurch and West Christchurch Schools. After leaving school he was for a time in the employ of Messrs Butterworth Brothers, warehousemen, and afterwards he was a clerk with Messrs J. Montgomery and Co., seed merchants. Later he was in the employ of Messrs A. W. Smith and Son, as a sales agent. Lieutenant Macpherson left the Dominion as officer commanding "G'' Company of the 26th Reinforcements. Mr Macpherson has received a cable message from his son from a hospital in France, stating that his wound is not serious.

    Ashburton Guardian, 10 September 1918, Page 4
    Lieutenant Allister McEwen Macpherson, killed in action on August 26, was the only son of Mr A. Macpherson, Director of Field Experiments for the South Island. Lieutenant Macpherson was an old Territorial, having earned his commission on April 15, 1912. He left New Zealand in command G Company of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade in the Twenty-sixth Reinforcements, and had seen about 15 months' service in France.

    Allister Ewen MacPherson was born on 8 Jan 1892

    Lieut Allister Ewen MacPherson
    Birth unknown
    Death 26 Aug 1918
    Burial
    Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension
    Achiet-le-Grand, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
    Plot III. P. 27
    Memorial ID 56388154

    Gravesite Details Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Died of wounds. Son of Alexander and Maria Macpherson, of Christchurch; husband of Edith May Macpherson, of 372 Hereford St., Christchurch, New Zealand. Age 26.

    Timaru Herald, 24 March 1891, Page 2 MARRIAGES.
    Macpherson-Gray. On the 16th March, at the residence of the bride, Otipua Road, by the Rev. W. Gillies, Alexander Macpherson, third son of the late William Macpherson, F.E.I.S., Strathtay, Perthshire, Scotland, to Maria, third daughter of the late Richard Gray, Leamington, Warwickshire, England.

    Otago Witness 17 December 1891, Page 18
    Mr Alexander Macpherson, late manager of the Land Company's Pareora Estate, has obtained the appointment of secretary to the Longburn Freezing Company, out of about 100 applicants.

    Feilding Star, 9 October 1895, Page 2
    Mr Alexander MacPherson has been appointed Official Liquidator of the Longburn Slaughtering and Freezing Company.

    Edith married Allister Ewen/ McEwen MacPherson 1916, Christchurch, New Zezland. Allister (son of Alexander MacPherson and Maria Gray) was born 8 Jan 1892, Christchurch, New Zealand; died 26 Aug 1918, France; was buried Achiet-le-Grand, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Alan Allister MacPherson  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1917, Christchurch, New Zealand; died 24 Sep 1945, New Caledonia; was buried Panel 4. at Bourail Memorial, New Caledonia .


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Alan Allister MacPhersonAlan Allister MacPherson Descendancy chart to this point (1.Edith1) was born 1917, Christchurch, New Zealand; died 24 Sep 1945, New Caledonia; was buried Panel 4. at Bourail Memorial, New Caledonia .

    Notes:

    Birth:
    Registration Number: 1917/424
    Family Name: Macpherson
    Given Name(s): Alan Allister
    Mother's Given: Edith May
    Name(s) Father's Given: Allister Ewen
    (Births, Deaths and Marriages Online, New Zealand Government)



    Buried:
    Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery (Bourail War Cemetery) New Caledonia

    Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery (Bourail War Cemetery) New Caledonia

    Bourail Memorial
    Bronze plaques comprised of panels that listing the names of New Zealand personnel listed as Missing In Action (MIA) in the Pacific during World War II.




    Died:
    Flying Officer Alan Allister MACPHERSON (2323) of the Royal New Zealand Air Force
    Death of Death 1945-09-24 Age : 28 years.

    Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
    Aircraft Name: Dakota C-47B NZ 3526 Date of Crash: 24 Sep 45 Unit 40 Sqdn RNZAF Airfield /Crash Location , New Caledonia

    Served in 40 Sqdn RNZAF

    Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 4. at Bourail Memorial, New Caledonia

    Aircraft Name: Dakota C-47B NZ 3526
    Date of Crash: 24 Sep 45
    Unit 40 Sqdn RNZAF
    Airfield /Crash Location , New Caledonia

    EW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
    R.N.Z.A.F DOUGLAS DAKOTA (D.C.3.) AIR CRASH
    EN ROUTE TO NEW ZEALAND FROM ESPIRITU SANTO, VANUATU [NEW HEBRIDES]
    TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 1945

    A Douglas Dakota (D.C.3) carrying 20 Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel was lost enroute to New Zealand from Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. This air accident still remains the heaviest single loss in RNZAF history.

    From - Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 227, 25 September 1945, Page 6

    Since 10.8 yesterday morning (New Zealand time) there has been no word of a Douglas Dakota aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Transport Command, which was due at Whenuapai airfield at 3.40 p.m. Carrying 20 members of the R.N.Z.A.F., the plane left Espiritu Santo, in the New Hebrides, about 6 a.m., and is thought to have been in the vicinity of New Caledonia when last heard of.
    The plane communicated with Norfolk Island by radio during the morning and called for a direction-finding bearing at 10.8 a.m. At that time she was reported 330 miles east of north of Norfolk. Nothing has been heard from her since. The normal procedure is for planes to give their position every half-hour.
    Aircraft from Norfolk Island and New Caledonia were dispatched for the search and extensive searches were carried out from New Zealand, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and New Hebrides. Sixteen planes were engaged in the search.

    From - Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 227, 25 September 1945, Page 6
    Flying-Officer Alan Allister MACPHERSON ? 28 years - Mrs MacPherson, Christchurch (mother) [Son of Lt. Allister Ewen Macpherson and Edith May Macpherson, of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand]

    Mon 24 Sep 1945
    SOUTH PACIFIC
    Transport flight from Pallikulo, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, to Whenuapai
    40 Squadron, RNZAF (Whenuapai)
    Douglas C-47B Dakota NZ3526 - took off at 0530 and failed to arrive. Routine radio communication was maintained until 0906, when a ?standby, standby? message was sent from the aircraft. The Norfolk Island receiving station acknowledged this and called back a few minutes later, but there was no reply. Nothing further was heard or seen of the transport or its four crew and 16 passengers, despite a large scale search undertaken by Catalina, Dakota, Hudson and Liberator aircraft over several days. All of the missing are commemorated on the Bourail Memorial. An aircraft following 25 minutes behind later reported that it had encountered very turbulent air conditions at approximate latitude 22.5 south, and had to climb to avoid them. It was thought most likely that NZ3526 had suffered a catastrophic structural failure on encountering similar weather. The 20 deaths associated with the disappearance of NZ3526 represent the largest loss of life incurred by the RNZAF in a single day.
    Captain: NZ401383 Fg Off Jack Arthur HOFFEINS, RNZAF - Age 24. 1190+hrs (590+ solo on Dakota)
    Flight Engineer: NZ405126 Cpl John Douglas JACOBS, RNZAF - Age 26. 803+hrs. 116 ops.
    Navigator: NZ425270 Fg Off Kenneth McARTHUR, RNZAF - Age 28.
    Wireless Op: NZ412981 Plt Off Clifton Charles KENNEDY, RNZAF - Age 25. 1405+hrs. 109 ops.
    (Flight Mechanic): NZ427114 LAC Oswald Ferguson BATH, RNZAF - Age 32.
    (Signals Officer): NZ39447 Flt Lt Wilfred Francis COULSON, RNZAF - Age 38.
    (Driver): NZ438348 LAC Harry FAINE, RNZAF - Age 25.
    (Armament Officer): NZ402681 Fg Off Douglas FARR, mid, RNZAF - Age 25.
    (Armourer): NZ4312786 LAC George FIRMAN, RNZAF - Age 22.
    (Fire Crew): NZ391404 Cpl Edmund Eaton GOSSLING, RNZAF - Age 34.
    (Armourer): NZ425982 LAC John Barnard GRENFELL, RNZAF - Age 23.
    (CS&MW*): NZ411716 Cpl Frank Graham HALDANE, RNZAF - Age 35.
    (Aircrafthand): NZ441345 LAC Frederick John KEARNEY, RNZAF - Age 22.
    (Intelligence Officer): NZ2323 Fg Off Alan Allister MACPHERSON, RNZAF - Age 28.*********
    (Mechanic MT): NZ416736 LAC David John REID, RNZAF - Age 26.
    (Disciplinarian): NZ391186 Flt Sgt Reginald Bernard RUSSELL, RNZAF - Age 41.
    (Carpenter): NZ4214285 LAC Ralph Gordon SAVAGE, RNZAF - Age 36.
    (Patrolman): NZ442296 LAC Raymond Jonathan TAYLOR, RNZAF - Age 22.
    (Wireless Mechanic): NZ436105 LAC Douglas Stanley THOMAS, RNZAF - Age 20.
    (Intelligence Clerk): NZ4210354 Cpl Marshall Harry WILSON, RNZAF - Age 21.
    * Coppersmith & Metal Worker
    Crew: - Hoffeins had served in the Middle East, first as a fighter pilot with 213 Sqn, RAF, and later on ferrying and transport duties with 216 Group. His operational hours amounted to 70, but the number of sorties is unknown.
    Jacobs, returning from a tour of duty in the South Pacific which he had completed on Guadalcanal, was a Fitter IIE by trade and acting as flight engineer on the flight, the regular flight engineer having been left behind, sick.
    McArthur and Kennedy had each completed two South Pacific tours.
    Passengers: - including 13 South Islanders, were all returning to New Zealand at the end of their South Pacific tours. Macpherson, Reid and Wilson were at the end of their second tour, the others their first. Farr had previously served in Britain, including a year with 489 Sqn, RNZAF.
    The passengers last known postings were as follows: - Bath (2 Servicing Unit), Coulson (Jacquinot Bay), Faine (1 Islands Works Sqn), Farr (3SU), Firman (3SU), Gossling (31SU), Grenfell (3SU), Haldane (Field Maintenance Unit), Kearney (1 Islands Works Sqn), Macpherson (17 Sqn), Reid (ZEAIRTAF), Russell (ZEAIRTAF), Savage (FMU), Taylor (3SU), Thomas (3SU) and Wilson (17 Sqn



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