Trooper Ericksen embarked with the 7th Reinforcements, NZEF.  After brief service in Egypt and Gallipoli he served with the Auckland Mounted Rifles in the Sinai and Palestine.  He died of wounds in Palestine on 22nd November 1917 and is buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel. 

Most of the burials in Deir El Belah War Cemetery from April 1917 until the Armistice with Turkey were made from the 53rd, 54th, 66th and 74th Casualty Clearing Stations, and the 69th General Hospital.