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William Munro Duncan

  • Service number
    3/667 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Lieutenant AWMM
    New Zealand Medical Corps AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Unknown, photographer, "Duncan, London, Gray"  in Colin M. Gordon album (1915-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Munro AWMM
  • Surname
    Duncan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3/667 AWMM
  • Gender
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    20 July 1893 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Petone, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Petone, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Shorthand Typist AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 May 1915 160 Hutt Road, Petone, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    G. Duncan (father), 160 Hutt Road, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 Jun 1915 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    3/667 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 May 1915 AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 21 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 13 Jun 1915-24 July 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 24 AWMM
    Vessel was Maunganui AWMM
    Sergeant AWMM
    No. 2 New Zealand Stationary Hospital AWMM
    5th Reinforcements AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of disease AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Lieutenant AWMM
    New Zealand Medical Corps AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of George and Alexanderina Duncan, of Glen Urquhart, Inverness, Scotland.

    William Duncan was promoted to Warrant Officer, Class 1 on 15 September 1915, after arrival in Egypt. He spent the next nine months working at the New Zealand Auxiliary Hospital at Moascar and the NZGH at Cairo. (Church, p. 76)

    In June 1916 he was posted to England and left Alexandria on board the Dover Castle bound for Southampton. By June he was staff at No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst. (Church, p. 77)

    "On 29 may William Duncan left for France for duties in the Field at Messines. He received a second accolade on 7 August when he was brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for war 'for valuable services rendered in connection with the War.'"(Church, p. 77)

    William Duncan contracted influenza, which developed into tubercular meningitis, and was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley where he he died.

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains a war memoir by Raymond Danvers Baker that contains a possible mention of William Duncan. [Ref. MS 2010/20] AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    25 AWMM
  • Date of death
    15 July 1918 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of Disease AWMM
  • Place of death
    Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England AWMM
  • Death notes
    No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM
  • Grave reference
    A. 4. 18. AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Railways Roll of Honour board. Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011. Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin 2017. AWMM
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  • Obituary

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p. 203 AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Photograph, 29 August 1918, p. 42. AWMM
    • Baker, Raymond Danvers. Memoir and papers relating to war service, 1912 - 1968. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2010-20. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Colin M. Gordon Album (1915-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-ALB-376. AWMM