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William Henry Ralston



  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Ralston AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Rooker AWMM
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 August 1887 AWMM TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 28 March 1916 AWMM Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.C. Ralston (wife), Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 1 child AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      grey blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      light brown AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      Admitted to hospital 7 June 1916 for rheumatism AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Ralston was the husband of Maud Catherine (nee Jenkins), married 12 August 1914 in Auckland; father of 1 child Jack (b 24 March 1915) at attestation

    Although discharged as medically unfit after 111 days of training at Trentham and Featherston, Ralston seems to have struggled with military discipline. On 25 April 1916 he was given extra fatigues for disorderly conduct after lights out. Several weeks later "Making use of obscene language creating disturbance in tent after lights out" earned him 14 days confined to barracks. On the same day, 13 May 1916, he refused to obey orders and was given 42 days detention. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 August 1969 AWMM
    Age 82 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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