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William Rees Williams

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved

Ashburton War Memorial. Photo G.A. Fortune, 2003. - Image has All Rights Reserved


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Rees AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 29118 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 January 1893 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AshburtonCanterbury Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    W.R. Williams (father), Alford Forest, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 29118 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 Labourer/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
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      138 lb AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William Rees Williams and Jessie Williams, of Alford Forest, Ashburton

    Embarked Wellington, 11 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 29 December 1916, and marched in to Sling Camp and reverted to Lance Corporal.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 11 February 1917; taken on strength, 1st Bn, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, in the field, 14 March 1917.
    Relinquished temporary rank of Lance Corporal, 14 March 1917.
    Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, right shoulder), and admitted to 9th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 8 June 1917; to England, 9 June 1917, and admitted to No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst; transferred to NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, 3 July 1917; discharged to NZ Command Depot, Codford, 20 August 1917; marched in to 4th Reserve Bn, Sling, 11 October 1917.
    Proceeded overseas to France; marched in to NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 29 October 1917.
    Marched out to Segregation Camp, 8 November 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 19 December 1917.
    Detached to Divisional Signallers, 26 January 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 2 February 1918.
    Appointed Lance Corporal, 3 February 1918.
    Promoted Corporal, 11 April 1918.
    Appointed Lance Sergeant, 25 April 1918.
    Killed in action, 31 May 1918.

    Parents: William Rees Williams and Jessie Williams, Alford Forest, Ashburton AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    31 May 1918 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France AWMM IV. F. 1. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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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
      43: 15 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM

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