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William Arthur Ham

  • Service number
    WWI 6/246 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Canterbury Infantry Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Ham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 6/246 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    • 14 April 1892 AWMM
    • 14 April 1892 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Place of birth
    • Ireland (Eire) AWMM
    • Ireland (Eire) Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Birth notes
    • Ireland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW1 Labourer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 15 Aug 1914 Pokororo, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 William E. Ham (father), Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 Oct 1914 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/246 AWMM
  • Military service
    12th Nelson Regiment AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 15 August 1914 AWMM
    Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW1 22 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW1 16 October 1914 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM HMNZT 4 or HMNZT 11 AWMM
    Vessel was Athenic AWMM
    Private AWMM
    Canterbury Infantry Battalion AWMM
    Main Body 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 8 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 10" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      151 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Private AWMM
    Canterbury Infantry Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Ham was the son of William Edward Ham and Hester Hawthorne Ham (later Bartlett)

    William Ham was killed when the New Zealand Infantry Brigade helped repulse a Turkish attack on the Suez Canal. According to his family he was the first New Zealand soldier killed in the First World War.

    Two sons, brothers served in WW1 William Arthur Ham (6/246) the elder was killed; Thomas Henry Merrick Ham (2/3004 69164) survived and died in service in WW2.

    His mother's 2nd husband, Private Cyril Montague Bartlett (33677) was also killed in WW1

    War service: Egypt
    Disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 4 December 1914.
    Wounded in action and admitted to Australian Hospital, Serepeum, 3 February 1915; died of wounds, Ismailia, 5 February 1915. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    22 AWMM
  • Date of death
    5 February 1915 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    Egypt AWMM
  • Death notes
    Suez Canal AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt AWMM
  • Grave reference
    A.113. AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Ngatimoti War Memorial, Tasman District, New Zealand AWMM
  • Memorial reference
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