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DOWNARD brothers - Auckland

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from the Auckland Star, 5 October 1916

Sergeant F. N. R. DOWNARD (1878-1981)
... Sergeant Frederick Newman Reeve Downard, reported wounded in left thigh, admitted to hospital 16th September, left New Zealand as sergeant, Fourth Battalion, N.Z. Rifle Brigade.
He was born at Hove, Brighton, England, was educated at Parua Bay, and at the time of enlisting was headmaster of Kuaotunu school.
He is a son of Mr and Mrs S. W. Downard, Woodside Road, Mount Eden
Frederick Newman Reeve Downard served as:
? Sergeant 26/54
? Occupation - School Teacher
? Next Of Kin - S.W. Downard (father), 9 Woodside Road, Mount Eden, Auckland
? Body on Embarkation - New Zealand Rifle Brigade
? Embarkation Unit - 4th Battalion, C Company
? Embarkation Date - 5 February 1916 from Wellington

Frederick married Mary Dorothy Spottiswoode HOPKIRK (1897-1975) in 1926
- born in Wellington 1 Feb 1897 to Alexander HOPKIRK & Mary McLEAN
- Mary was living in Waikato in 1919 Electoral Roll
On May 5 1926 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, by the Rev J. Hay, Frederick N. R. Downard, of Levuka, Fiji, third son of Mr and the late Mrs S. W. Downard, of Mount Eden, to Dorothy, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs A. Hopkirk, "Kinloch", Cambridge

27 Feb 1930 - WHANGAREI
... There was a large attendance in the Presbyterian Church Hall last evening, when Mr and Mrs F. N. R. Downard, who are to leave for Tuakau to-morrow, were farewelled by the congregation, of which they have been most valued and respected members.
The Rev William Elliott, on behalf of the congregation, presented Mr Downard with a beautiful clock, and Mrs Downard with a handbag and pair of vases
Mr G. H. Morrish, session clerk, spoke eulogistically of Mr Downard's work and influence as an elder and treasurer of the Church
Mr Rust said Mr Downard had always been ready to go the "second mile"
The Rev T. H. Burton, B.A., said he wished publicly to thank Mr Downard for the quiet and capable assistance he had rendered him during the vacancy in the pastorate of the Church
Mr Downard replied on behalf of himself and Mrs Downard
When supper was handed round, members of the congregation took the opportunity to emphasise the sentiments expressed on their behalf by the public speakers, and the guests were not left in doubt as to the sincerity of the regret which is felt at their departure

Corporal S. C. G. DOWNARD (1885-1916)
... Corporal Samuel Charles Gowner Downard, killed in action 23rd July, was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs S. W. Downard, of Woodside Road, Mount Eden, and was born at Lewes Sussex, England. He left New Zealand with the Seventh Reinforcements, October, 1915, as corporal, Wellington Battalion.
For several years he was in the Government Insurance Department, Wellington, and at the time of enlisting was in the Department for Internal Affairs.
He leaves a widow and a daughter three years of age, who reside at Karori, Wellington
Samuel Charles Gower Downard served as:
? Corporal 10/2826
? Next Of Kin - Mrs Agnes Downard (wife), Standen Street, Karori, Wellington
? Body on Embarkation - 7th Reinforcements
? Embarkation Unit - Wellington Infantry Battalion
? Embarkation Date - 9 October 1915
? Last Unit Served - Wellington Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion
? Place of Death - DIED OF WOUNDS 23 July 1916 at France
? Grave Reference - I.E.4. at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France

Samuel married Agnes BLACKWOOD in 1911
On 29th March 1913. to Mr and Mrs S. C. G. Downard, Standen street, Karori - a daughter

25 OCOTBER 1929 - Mr S. W. DOWNARD

... An old identity of North Auckland more recently of Mount Eden, Mr Samuel William Downard has died at his home, Woodside Road, in his ninety second year. He was born at Hove, Brighton, on may 21 1848 and for a number of years was in business at Brighton and at Lewes, Sussex
In 1888 on account of his wife's health Mr Downard decided to settle in New Zealand. They came out with their young family of four sons and four daughters in the ship Crusader, which made the passage in 84 days - almost a record.
Soon after his arrival, Mr Downard settled at Parua bay, Whangarei where he remained for 20 years before removing to Auckland. * Three of his sons served in the Great War and one was killed in France in 1916. Mrs Downard died 17 years ago

* the third son who served was:
Ebenezer Thomas Owen Downard (1883-1966)
- In January 1902 Ebenezer sat (and passed) his junior Civil Sevice Examination in Whangarei
- In December 1904 Ebenezer sat (and passed) his senior Civil Sevice Examination in Wellington
- He lived in Karori, Wellington in 1909-1910 when he was Clerk of Deacon's Court, Kent Terrace, Wellington.
- He was in Auckland in 1912
- Ebenezer married Marguerite RIMMER (1890-1970) in 1915
- 1st of 6 children of Seth 'Luther' Pierpoint RIMMER (1860-1933) & Eliza Mercelline 'Lena' CAMPBELL (1869-1962). Luther & Lena are buried Hillsborough cemetery, Auckland
EBENEZER & MARGUERITE had 2 known sons:
1920 - Oct 2010 Wilfred Charles Downard
- On the 24th march 1920 at their residence, Standen street, Karori, Wellington, the wife of Mr E. T. O. Downard, of a son
1922 - Sep 2010 Stanley Bruce Downard
- He was the Honorable Auditor of the Auckland National Reserve, Medical Corps in 1916
- Superintendent of Mt Eden Presbyterian Church in (at least) 1925
- He was elected Presbyterian of the Presbyterian Sunday School teachers Association in Auckland in 1931
- He was District Accountant of the Public Trust Office in Auckland when he retired in 1944
2 June 1944 The retiring district accountant of the Public Trust Office, Auckland, Mr E. T. O. Downard, was presented with a silver fish service by the staff at a farewell gathering. In making the presentation the District Public Trustee, Mr A. S. Faire, referred to the high regard in which Mr Downard i sheld by the staff, and paid tribute to the capable way he had discharged his duties. The staff joined in wishing Mr Downard many years of health in his retirement

HEADSTONE of Samuel Charles Gower Downard

I.E.4. at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France

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