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William Guthrie Salmond

Headstone of Captain William Guthrie Salmond (66227). Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, France. New Zealand War Graves Trust (FRHB4759). CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Headstone of Captain William Guthrie Salmond (66227). Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, France. New …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Guthrie AWMM
  • Surname
    Salmond AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 66227 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 January 1892 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Sir John William Salmond (father), Solicitor General, Crown Office, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded, GSW leg, severe 21 October 1917 AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Guthrie was the son of Sir John Salmond, of Wellington, New Zealand.

    Transferred from North Somerset Yeomanry in England November 1916.

    At the time of his death, Salmond was an Assistant Adjutant in the Wellington Regiment.

    "On 9th July, at about 11 o'clock in the morning, Lieutenants W.G. Salmond and L.W.G. Grace and Pte C.J. Dallard of the 1st Battalion were exploring Rossignol Wood, when they were attacked with bombs from the enemy in one of the pill boxes among the trees. Both officers were severely wounded and Dallard slightly. Dallard carried Grace some sixty yards back to safety and then returned to rescue Salmond who was lying within fifteen yards of the enemy post. He was greeted by a further shower of bombs, and was himself again wounded in three places. When he got close to him, he could see that Salmond was already dead." The Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F., 1914-1919, p264 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 July 1918 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2, Hebuterne, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM IV. E. 4 AWMM
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  • "Thank you for defending our country, you did a good job". William was Fergus' great great uncle. Our family have visited his grave in France, in a little churchyard well kept by the locals. He was buried with a few other Anzacs in their own corner of the site. We remember him and all the others who were so brave, such a long way from home.
    Public - Amanda Eleanor - 24 April 2015



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