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William McLennan

Family group, William McLennan with his wife Mary and three eldest children Hector, Inger and Hampton, c1907 (photo provided by Pat McCarthy) - No known copyright restrictions

Family group, William McLennan with his wife Mary and three eldest children Hector, Inger and Hampto …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    McLennan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 17140 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 April 1868 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
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  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mary McLennan (wife), 223 Tinakori Road, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 November 1917 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 3 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 17140 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Carrier/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Myocardial failure, hyperpiesis AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • His parents were James McLennan and Margaret Hampton McLennan, both born in Scotland.

    He married Mary Mabel Olson on the 16 September 1897 in Nelson and they had 5 children.

    His granddaughter, Pat McCarthy writes (October 2013): "Before his marriage, Bill was working in stables in Melbourne with the horse Carbine (the Melbourne cup winner) which he absolutely adored. Later he used to breed and show cart horses, attending to their doctoring and all training etc. During the war he served in the Veterinary Corps.

    As I understand it, he ran a carrying and cartage business in the days with horses and carriages. Also had a taxi business, well - I understand a landau in which he used to take people around. He also had the contract for the fire engine.

    I know he had stables at the back of the house - the section ran through to the next street. The house was "Alma Lane" in Nelson - whether that was the street with their house, or the street where the stables opened onto I don't know enough about Nelson. It was in what is the main part of Nelson now.

    His mother-in-law, Mary Mabel's mother, Bridget Olson, had a boarding house in Collingwood Street, Nelson. There is a petrol station there now, where the house used to be.

    After the war when Bill returned, he used to work at Base Records "the big wooden building in Lambton Quay". What he was doing I have no idea. After Grandma died Bill lived first with Inger (his daughter) and then later with us, until he was permanently bedridden.

    I know he was in Egypt and later came back through Bombay or Calcutta"

    Bill retained a lifelong interest in horses and racing.

    William McLennan Retired Civil Servant, Returned Soldier lived at 45 Konini Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland in 1943. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    16 May 1943 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Hillsborough Cemetery, Hillsborough Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area 10 Block C Lot No 134 AWMM
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