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Sham Singh


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sham AWMM
  • Surname
    Singh AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 16/1553 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Sikh AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    PunjabIndia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 28 March 1916 AWMM 16 Tory Place, Wellington AWMM
    • WW1 17 April 1918 AWMM No Permanent House, GPO Wellington AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Karmo (mother), Village Bootar, PO Bootar, District Fairsopore, Punjaub, India AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 29 April 1918 AWMM Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "16/1553 Private Sham Singh made two attestations at Trentham, the first on 28 March 1916 and the second on 11 April 1918. He stated he was born at Punjab, India, in 1878-1880 but did not know the extact date or place of his birth. His next of kin in 1916 was named as his mother, with the sole name of Karmo, Village Bootar, District Fairsopore, Punjab, India. The alternative next of kin was names as Gundar Singh (friend), State Mine, Dunallie, Greymouth. In 1918 he described himself as a single man with no fixed abode and gave his last employer as Mr Crow, Flaxmiller, Linton." Military Personnel File. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 January 1964 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • External links
  • References
    • Roche, M. and Venkateswar, S. "Neither Natural-born British Subjects Nor Aliens: Indians in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force" in Crawford, J., Littlewood, David, & Watson, James. (2016). Experience of a lifetime : People, personalities and leaders in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand : Massey University Press. 2016. AWMM
    • Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • Leckie, J. (2021). Invisible : new zealand's history of excluding kiwi-indians. New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM

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