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William Arthur Ham

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Today, 5 February 2015, is the 100th anniversary of New Zealand’s first combat death during the First World First World War. Private William Ham died two days after being wounded during an Ottoman attack along the Suez Canal.

Private William Ham, from the 12th (Nelson) Company, Canterbury Infantry Battalion was born in Ireland in 1892, and came to New Zealand with his family. He was 22 years old.

Auckland War Memorial Museum will marking this with a playing of the Last Post, and a brief ceremonial silence. The timing of the commemoration is as follows:

  • 10.56am – Announcement on the public address of the 100th anniversary of the first New Zealand combat death in the First World War.
  • 10.58am – Last Post plays.
  • 10.59am – SS Ionic bell will be rung to mark the beginning of the minute silence
  • 11.00am – One minute silence
  • 11.01am – SS Ionic bell run to mark the end of the minute silence.

We would like to encourage our visitors to join us in the Grand Foyer at this moment.

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