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Mark Vipond

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mark AWMM
  • Surname
    Vipond AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 13/562 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
    Unknown AWMM Woodcock's, Rodney, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs H. Snooks, Woodcock's, Rodney, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13/562 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 Unknown AWMM 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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    • Mark Vipond was the son of Katherine Burn Vipond and Mark Vipond, of Matakana, New Zealand.

      Mark Vipond 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'

      Listed as Sergeant Vipond on the memorial. AWMM
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      Mark Vipond Junior was born in Matakana on 22nd April 1894, 3 months after the death of his Father (Mark Senior). His father had been born in Alston, England and emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1866.

      Mark Junior was the son of Katherine Burn Fenton (Snook) and the late Mark Vipond of Matakana. Catherine had married Mark Vipond on 19 July 1892 in Mahurangi when she was 18 & had 2 young children, unfortunately Mark died at the young age of 28 years.

      Mark Jnr was 20 years old when he enlisted with the Auckland Mounted Rifles (AMR) - 3 Squadron. During the voyage to Eygpt he contracts the Measles and spends 29 days in the ship’s hospital. When he lands at ANZAC Cove on the 12 May 1916, his health is still compromised. That first day took a heavy toll on the AMR as they came under heavy fire from the Ottmans and lost 22 Troopers on that beach. By August after living in trenches on Walkers Ridge Mark is seriously ill and is shipped off to the island of Lemos then on to England for treatment. He is diagnosed with Measles, Enteritis and Jaundice. Recovery took 4 months. He rejoins his unit in early January 1916 , Zeitoun Camp Alexandria.

      The mission for the NZ Mounted Division was to drive the Ottomans North out of Egypt and Palestine. For the next 8 months Mark traveled the Sinai Desert, pushing north. During the skirmish at Hill 70 in April 1916 he is promoted to Sergeant.

      However on the 9th August 1916 at the bloody Battle of Bir El Abd Mark is killed in action, aged 22. His unit comrades immediately buried him in the desert and he is later transferred to the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. Mark is remembered at the Matakana Cemetery & the Matakana War Memorial.

      Mark lies thousands of miles from his home and we will always remember him. Public - Matakana - Researcher - 3 October 2017 - Military Personnel Files, NZ Papers Past, NZ Archives.
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About death

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  • Death
    9 August 1916 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt AWMM A. 46. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    • Matakana War Memorial (King George war memorial statue), Matakana Wharf Reserve, Matakana Road, Matakana, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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02 September 2019AllanRotoruaResearcher
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