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William John Lugg

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  • Title
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    William John AWMM
  • Surname
    Lugg AWMM
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    WWI 64541 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    William Lugg (father), Springston, New Zealand AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWI 64541 AWMM
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    WW1 Unknown AWMM Labourer/Civilian AWMM
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  • William John Lugg was born on 2 January 1884 at Ellesmere, Canterbury. He was the third child and first son of William John and Anne Elizabeth Lugg, Cornish immigrants from St Keverne on the Lizard Peninsula who had arrived in New Zealand in August 1875. William and Annie had six children, three girls and three boys. William’s father was a farm labourer and later a contractor who worked locally, with a team of horses, and the family settled in Springston, near Lincoln in Canterbury where they lived for most of their lives.

    Although William was the eldest son, he was the last of the Lugg boys to join up for WW1, and by the time he enlisted his younger brother, Harry (Albert Henry) had been killed in action. When William enlisted he was working as a self-employed “labourer” and gave his address as Springston. However he may have been working in the North Island as he was attested at Rotorua on 3 August 1917 (2 months after his brother’s death).

    He embarked from Wellington on the troopship, S.S.Maunganui on 21 November 1917, and disembarked in Liverpool on 8 January 1918. He was then posted to the Otago Infantry Regiment at Sling. On 23 January he was marched out to hospital at Lidworth with Rubella and discharged to a quarantine camp at Perham on 23 January.
    He left for France on 20 March 1918 and joined an entrenching battalion on 28 March 1918. He joined 2 Battalion, Otago Regiment on 14 April 1918. On 23 September 1918 he was reported absent in the field.

    On 5 April 1919 he left from Plymouth for NZ on HMNZS Troopship Number 248, the S.S.Rimutaka, and disembarked in New Zealand on 28 May 1919.

    After that little is known of him. He never returned to his family home but following his discharge in New Zealand, on 27 June 1919, went to Australia, and never contacted his family again. Shortly before he died in the 1950’s, his youngest brother, Stanley, was contacted by someone in Australia and flew over to see him. He had been living in a Salvation Army hostel, and left a small sum of money which was shared among the descendants of his siblings. My mother, Trixie, (his niece) and her 5 siblings, each received 10 pounds.

    The above profile was kindly provided by Audrey Ansell (January 2015) AWMM
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25 April 2020AudreyAucklandDirect descendant
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