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Alexander John Whitburn

3/4 portrait of Corporal Whitburn, of the 3rd (Auckland) Regiment, Auckland Infantry Regiment, with a qualified signaller proficiency badge. Probably Corporal Alexander John Whitburn, Reg No 12/2512, of the 5th Reinforcements. Killed in action in France on 16 May 1916. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1915). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-W1299. No known copyright.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander John AWMM
  • Surname
    Whitburn AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/2512 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 Great South Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J. Whitburn (father), Great South Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/2512 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 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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alexander Whitburn was the son of John and W. S. Whitburn, of Massey Rd. Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand. Born at Calstock, Cornwall, England. Also served at Gallipoli. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    16 May 1916 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France AWMM I. A. 36. 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
    • Greenlane Presbyterian Church, 211 Great South Rd, Greenlane 1051. Image provided by John Halpin 2014, CC BY John Halpin 2014 AWMM

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  • My grandfather George McLaren (12/2419) of the 3rd Auckland Company mentions Alexander John Whitburn death in his WW1 diary ...

    "Monday 15th of May 1916 - At 5.30pm another terrific bombardment worse than yesterday lasting na hour or more, lost 2 fine mates today. Jack Whitburn and George Hardley, 3 killed altogether".

    George Hulme (5/285) also of the 3rd Auckland Company mentions Jacks death when reflecting on Jacks brothers death at the Somme some 3 months later ...

    "15th of September 1916 - One of the lads killed was Jack Whitburn's brother. Jack was a good pal of mine, who was killed at Armentieres when we first went in. Strange to say both brothers had their heads blown off."

    I have a photo of Whitburn, Hulme and my grandfather together with their section, from Wednesday the 26th of April just after they landed with the NZEF landed in France.

    May Jack Whitburn rest in peace.
    Public - Steven - Researcher - 26 February 2019

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 771 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. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Manukau courier AWMM
      10 Apr 2014, Family Ties Discovered AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM


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15 April 2019StevenBrisbaneResearcher
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