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William Nankervis

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Nankervis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 27139 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • AWMM
    • 17 September 1875 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra LauncestonCornwall Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Maude Evelyn Nankervis (wife), 22 Wellington Street, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 25 September 1916 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 27139 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      'For conspicuous gallantry in the field. On the 4th October east of St Julien this man went into the attack as a Company stretcher-bearer and from then until the Battalion was relieved on the 6th instant he worked ceaselessly evacuating wounded at all times and under the heaviest fire. Furthermore he was the means of saving many lives by his prompt and skillful bandaging of the wounded. His work throughout was of the very highest standard, and was carried out at great personal risk. He showed conspicuous devotion to duty and the greatest possible praise is due to him for his work, which showed he is possessed of steadfast courage, splendid endurance and cool organisation.' - 'London Gazette'- 17/12/1917 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Painter 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
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 9" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      150 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private Nankervis was the son of Henry Casley Nankervis and Jane Nankervis; husband of Maud Evelyn Nankervis of 265 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

    Embarked Wellington, 25 September 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 21 November 1916, and marched in to Sling Camp.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 14 March 1917; admitted to Segregation Camp, Etaples, 1 April 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 24 April 1917.
    Joined 1st Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, in the field, 26 May 1917.
    Wounded in action, 18 October 1917; remained at duty.
    Killed in action, Belgium, 22 October 1917.
    Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

    Parents: Henry Casley Nankervis and Jane Nankervis; Wife: Maud Evelyn Nankervis, 265 Ponsonby Road, Auckland AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 42 AWMM
    YpresBelgium 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
    • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Your cross sits in our Fields of Remembrance area at school amongst our other fallen who served and sacrificed themselves for our country and from our district. We are proud that you came from Auckland. Bless your family.
  • to whom it may concern, This person was who i made a cross for at school and placed it outside the chapel at our school so they can look out onto our field and look at what they did to our country and if it wasn't for them that this life wouldn't be like this and this happy



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