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Clarence Newton Wills

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 787 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 787 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Clarence Newton AWMM
  • Surname
    Wills AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 8/1361 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 February 1893 AWMM Clarence RiverNew South Wales AWMM
  • Date of birth
    11 February 1893 Public - Michael Francis - Other Relative - 10 April 2015 - Military personnel files
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    36 Nelson Street, South Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.J. Wills (mother), 36 Nelson Street, South Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 December 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 8/1361 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 OtagoNew Zealand 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wills, of 36, Nelson St., South Dunedin.

    "Private Clarence Newton Wills, Otago Infantry Battalion, who is reported missing, was born at Clarence River, New South Wales, 22 years ago, coming at an early age with his parents to New Zealand. He was educated at Dunedin, and then joined the railway service as cadet. At the time he enlisted with the main expeditionary force he was in the service of the New Zealand Railways at Ranfurly. A brother of his, Private W. Wills, is also at the front." (Auckland Weekly News, 1 July 1915, p. 21).

    Died between 1 May 1915 to 23 May 1915. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    May 1915 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey 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
    Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey AWMM

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  • Clarence Newton Wills was my father’s mother’s brother. There are two things that stand out for me in Newton’s military records. Firstly, is just how thin he must have been when he went off to war. He weighed just 57kg, had a 33 inch/84cm chest and stood 5 foot 6 in height. He was marked as ‘fit’, but that meant a lack of obvious defects more than an assessment of his physical wellbeing. The difference between his normal chest measurement and when fully expanded was only 1 inch. Second, is the vagueness around his date of death. It says something about the chaos and carnage around him at Gallipoli that records show it was “reasonable to suppose” that Newton was killed in action between the 1st and the 23rd of May 1915. 92 men from the Otago Battalion were listed as “Missing” between the 1st and 23rd of May 1915. They were part of the 69th casualty list, which was printed in the Evenin
    Public - Paul - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
10 October 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
20 April 2015PaulAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative
10 April 2015Michael FrancisNew Zealand Other Relative

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