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Ralph William Warren

3/4 group portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Ralph William Warren, Reg No 18437, of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 8th Reinforcements to the 4th Battalion, - H Company, and his wife Mabel E Warren, and children, Tresca (left, then two years old) and Desmond (right, then four years old).  Lieutenant Warren was later with the Machine Gun Corps, he died of disease in the UK on 26 November 1918. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-W1277. No known copyright.

3/4 group portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Ralph William Warren, Reg No 18437, of the New Zealand Rifle Br …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ralph William AWMM
  • Surname
    Warren AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 18437 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
    • Mrs Mabel E. Warren (wife), Sunnyside Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Mabel E. Warren (wife), Sunnyside Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 23 September 1916 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Pre 1 August 1918 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 18437 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in France August, 1917 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Pneumonia AWMM

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  • Son of Mr John Warren and Elizabeth Lorimer Warren; husband of Mabel E. Warren of Beresford St, Bayswater, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Luxford refers to Lieutenant Warren's burial place as Harrowby Rd Cemetery, Grantham.

    Some H Company sailed on the Devon.

    Posted to 1st Reserve Company.
    Transferred to 11th Reinforcements, 11 March 1916.
    Appointed Second Lieutenant, 15th Reinforcement, 25 March 1916.
    Tranferred to E Company, 16th Reinforcement, 10 June 1916; transferred to C Company, 16th Reinforcement, 21 June 1916.
    Posted to Specialist Machine Gun Section, 17th Reinforcement, Specialist Company, 7 July 1916.
    Appointment to Second Lieutenant approved by Governor General, 23 September 1916.
    Embarked for overseas, 23 September 1916.
    Posted to A Company, 3rd Bn, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 18 November 1916.
    Posted to 3rd Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 21 November 1916, as Machine Gun Officer.
    Transferred to 1st Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 26 December 1916.
    Seconded for Machine Gun Officer training, 31 March 1917.
    Transferred to New Zealand Machine Gun Corps, 15 June 1917.
    Posted to No 3 Company, New Zealand Machine Gun Corps, 26 June 1917.
    Wounded, 6 August 1917.
    Admitted to No 3 General Hospital, 11 August 1917.
    Admitted to No 1 General Hospital, Brockenhurst, 20 August 1917.
    On leave, 31 October 1917.
    Admitted to No 2 NZ General Hospital, Walton on Thames (old gun shot wound, right leg).
    Transferred to Officers' Convalescent Home, Brighton, 27 December, 27 December 1917.
    On leave, 8 January 1918.
    Marched in New Zealand Machine Gun Corps Reserve Depot, Grantham, 23 January 1918.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Plymouth on SS 'Remuera' on secondment as a draft reinforcement officer, 14 March 1918; disembarked 9 May 1918.
    Posted to 42nd Reinforcement, 1 June 1918.
    Transferred to 43rd Reinforcement, 23 June 1918.
    Tranferred to 44th Reinforcement, 5 July 1918.
    Transferred to 48th Reinforcement, 13 July 1918.
    Transferred to B Company, 42nd Reinforcement, 1 August 1918 and embarked for overseas.
    Appointed Lieutenant, 1 August 1918.
    Marched in New Zealand Rifle Brigade Reserve Depot, 4 October 1918.
    Admitted to Military Hospital, Grantham, 20 November 1918 (influenza); placed on 'Dangerously Ill' List, 24 November 1918 (pneumonia).
    Died, 26 November 1918. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Grantham Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England AWMM 15. B. 15. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Te Aroha First World War Memorial, Kenrick Street, Te Aroha. AWMM
    • Refer to Warren Family Tombstone in the Makaraka Cemetery, Block MK H Plot 241

      Lieut. RALPH W WARREN
      died on active service in England, 28 November 1918
      aged 31 years Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 27 May 2022 - Makaraka Cemetery, Gisborne

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27 May 2022Lorraine MonaGisborne, NZResearcher

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