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William Henry Braithwaite

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Braithwaite AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11394 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Joseph Braithwaite (father), Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11394 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farmer/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
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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 Joseph and Elizabeth Braithwaite, of Matakana, North Auckland, New Zealand.

      William Braithwaite is commemorated on the Matakana District war memorial. The inscription reads: 'This monument was erected by public subscription as a thanksgiving to almighty God for peace and victory and in memory of the men of this district who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. Their Duty Nobly Done. December 1919' AWMM
    • William Henry was the son of Joseph and Eliz­a­beth (nee Stacpoole) Braith­waite, orchardists of Matakana. Joseph was an Alberlander and an early settler in Matakana, born in England, he arrived in NZ on the “Gertude” in 1863.

      William Henry was born on the family farm in Matakana on 26th February 1885. He was the only son of Joseph and Elizabeth and was named after both his Grandfathers. The Braithwaite family tree includes many pioneer families of the Rodney District - Stacpoole, Carran, Wilmot and Pulham.

      At the turn of the century and early in his adult life he enlisted and served with the Rodney Mounted Rifles, which was disbanded around 1908.

      On 11 January 1916 at the age of 30 and working on the Family farm he enlists for service with the 12th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company.

      He arrived on the battlefields of France on the 20 September 1916 and was killed during the Battle of the Somme on the 27th - 7 days of living hell.

      He is buried at the Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France and remembered on the Matakana War Memorial. WE WILL REMEMBER HIM. Public - Matakana - Researcher - 3 October 2017 - Military Personnel Files, NZ Archives, NZ Papers Past.
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About death

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  • Death
    27 August 1916 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France AWMM XXIV. N. 5. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Matakana War Memorial (King George war memorial statue), Matakana Wharf Reserve, Matakana Road, Matakana, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Loyal Warkworth Pioneer Lodge M.U.I.O.O.C., Warkworth & District Museum, Warkworth AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      30: 2 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM


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10 January 2017AdrienneMatakana, North Auckland, New ZealandResearcher
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