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William Leslie Morice

NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. - No known copyright restrictions

NZ Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire, England. - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
    Rifleman Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 November 2015 - Military record
  • Forenames
    William Leslie AWMM
  • Surname
    Morice AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 23/831 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 November 2015 - Military record
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Prebyterian Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 November 2015 - Military record

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 October 1893 AWMM GisborneGisborne AWMM
    Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
    son of William & Sarah Morice Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 November 2015 - Military record
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 29 May 1915 AWMM Opotiki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs William Morice (mother), Opotiki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 9 October 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • NZ Rifle Brigade & NZ Machine Gun Corps Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 November 2015 - Military record
  • Service number
    WWI 23/831 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Gunner > Private Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 November 2015 - Military record

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 29 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Stationhand/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Contracted influenza in 22 May whilst on the River Lys, near Armentieres. AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • "The Senussi Muslims of Libya, inspired by Turkish propaganda, attacked the British on Egypt's Western frontier in November 1915. The 1 New Zealand Rifle Brigade went to support a mixture of largely untried troops (Egyptian, Sikh, Australian and New Zealanders) known as the Western Frontier Force. On 19 December William left Alexandria by ship bound for Mersa Matruh, 200 miles west of the Egyptian coast. On Christmas Day the Brigade took part in the 'affair of the Wadi Medwa' driving back a large force of the Senussi and preventing their advance beyond Matruh. The loss on the British side was 13 killed and 51 wounded, among whom was William Morice, with severe wounds to his left forearm and chest." (Church, p.81)

    After being out of action for two and a half months William Morice rejoined his unit. He was transferred to the Western Front in France in April 1917.

    In late December 1916 William Morice was wounded again whilst in the Cordonnerie subsector on the River Lys near Armentieres. He received gunshot wounds to his leg and a compound fractured femur. He was immediately evacuated to Brockenhurst England where he died one month later. (Church, p.82) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 February 1917 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM A. 1. 5. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    The sad advice has been received of the death from wounds of Private Wm Leslie. Morice, third son of Mr and Mrs W. Morice, of Opotiki, who were well-known residents in this district. Private Morice was a member of the Rifle Brigade and he was wounded in France on Deceinber 27. Just a year after he was wounded in the fight with the Senussi in Egypt. He was 24 years of age and left with one of the Auckland contingents. Private Morice was well known in Gisborne where he went to school. He has another brother, Allan, still in France, and he has been wounded several times, but apparently only slightly, whilst another brother, Archie, is a prisoner at Constantinople. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 29 May 2023 - ROLL OF HONOR.
  • Memorial name
    • Patutahi War Memorial Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 10 November 2015 - Research
    • Gisborne War Memorial Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 29 May 2023 -
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Gisborne War Memorial AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Gisborne AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, St John's Union Church, Opotiki AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Gisborne Boys' High School, 80 Stanley Road, Te Hapara, Gisborne AWMM

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29 May 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
10 November 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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