81316 Private Edward Mayo Kebbell – 41st Reinforcements

Edward Mayo Kebbell was born in Wellington on 4th April 1881 the son of Jessie (nee Lamont) and George Mayo Kebbell[i].

Edward Mayo Kebbell was raised in Wellington but attended, as a 16 year old, Nelson College in 1897[ii]. Edward as required under compulsory military training served while at Nelson College with the College Rifles.

E M Kebbell is recorded from 1914 in the Woodville Examiner selling sheep in the Pahiatua stock sales. By June 1917
E M Kebbell had moved down to Pauatahanui as was requesting from Hutt County permission[iii] to close a disused road. The closure also impacted on Death and Jones family farms  in the area of Ration Point, Pauatahanui.[iv]   

Later in August 1917[v] the Hutt Valley Independent carried the names drawn in the Compulsory Military Service Ballot. There were a number of men selected from the Horokiwi Riding, Hutt Country:

Brady C N – Pahautanui, Bullock A – Pukerua Bay, Cook A – Pahautanui, Draper T H – Pahautanui,
Harris T J S – Pahautanui, Kebbell E M – Pahautanui, Mulhern R – Pahautanui.

Edward was granted leave a delay in reporting for duty as the Evening Post of 17th January 1918 reported that:

Extension of time until 30th April was granted in the case of Edward N Kebbell, farmer, Pahautanui,
who was represented by Mr M. F. Luckie.

Edward entered Featherston Military Camp on 22nd May 1918 as Private Kebbell, F Company, 41st Reinforcements.
Private Kebbell was medically assessed in camp and it was determined that he required treatment on his nose. The treatment was estimated to take three months so on 20th June 1918 Private Kebbell was granted leave without pay.

There is no indication of treatment but with the Armistice being signed on 11th November 1918 Private Kebell was not required to return to camp.

Edward Mayo Kebbell returned to farming at Pauhatanui and is listed there in 1924 when his father died. [vi]

There is no record of Edward Mayo Kebbell marrying and he died in 1956.

Only 73838 Rifleman Thomas John Stephen Harris would pass medically fit and be sent overseas.
Pahautanui the historic spelling is used from era docuemtns. 

Paperspast Online
Nelson College School list 1856 – 1924: Shadowoftime.co.nz
Pauatahanui – a local history
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files

Pauatahanui Hall and bridge 1911

[i] NZ BDM
[ii]  Nelson College
[iii] Hutt News, 23rd June 1917, Hutt Valley Independent
[iv] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 81361 Private Edward Mayo Kebbell
[v]  County of Hutt, 8th August 1917, Hutt Valley Independent
[vi] Death of George Mayo Kebbell, 9th April 1924, Christchurch Press.
Pahautanui Hall and bridge   -  1911