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Percy Lawrence Williams

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Percy Lawrence AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    20271 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 October 1895 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    C.H. Williams (father), Kaitoke, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    20271 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Sling Camp AWMM
    • 13 March 1918 Corps Bombing School for a fortnight's instruction AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW1 30 April 1916 AWMM Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 15 November 1916 posted to France, joined his Battalion in the field on 7 December, on the River Lys.

    29 November 1917 Williams promoted to Corporal

    "At the beginning of April Williams marched into camp at Abeele for one week, prior to returning to the Front in the Upper Ancre valley. He remained in the Field until 26 July, when he was wounded in action, receiving gunshot wounds to his right arm, legs and buttocks." (Church, p.153)

    Williams was evacuated to No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst. The operation on his wounds was successful but shortly afterwards he developed lobar pneumonia and died in August 1918. (Church, p.153)

    Cyril Ernest Williams, Percy's brother, Lance-Corporal, 20269, was killed in France the same week that Percy Williams died in Brockenhurst. The brothers ensured they were in the same unit. This practice was discouraged in WWII because too many families lost all their sons in WWI. (Church, p.154) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 August 1918 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
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  • Place of death
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  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 2, Grave 18 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Roll of Honour at the Returned Services Association building at Karori, Wellington AWMM
    • Memorial at St. John's Anglican Church, Trentham Road, Upper Hutt AWMM
    • Wellington Provincial Memorial, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Percy, brother of Cyril Ernest Williams (service no. 20269). Brothers were killed within a a few days of each other. Every letter and postcard the boys sent home to NZ whilst in Britain and France has been retained by the Williams Family (held by great nephew Glenn Williams).
    Public - Glenn - Other relative - 27 November 2018



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      38: 33 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. 2: Includes portrait AWMM


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27 November 2018GlennNew Plymouth, NZOther relative