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William Foss

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 7th Contingent - Irregular Forces, (photo J. Halpin September 2011) - No known copyright restrictions

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 7th Contingent - Irregular Forces, (photo J. Halpin …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Foss AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Peter Edward William Lehrs AWMM
  • Service number
    South African 6123 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
    Pre 7 January 1902 AWMM 79 St Asaph Street, Linwood, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    South African 6123 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8.75 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 6 pounds AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Railway accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William falsified all his details when he enlisted as Peter Edward William Lehrs with next of kin Timothy Lehrs, Waihi Mines, Auckland, New Zealand listed as his father.

    After his accidental death in 1904 his sister Clara Foss wrote to Colonel Porter pointing out the alias and claiming the medal, clasps and monies held by the Public Trust for their mother Mary Foss. She explained that their father, Thomas Foss, was absent from home, and that her mother would be next-of-kin. The file notes the Public Trustee is communicating with the father, Thomas Foss.

    Peter Edward William Lehrs, in whose place Foss served in South Africa, was the son of Peter Edward Lehrs and Jane Moore (also named Gilmore, Gilmour) was born 29 June 1882 and died 4 April 1951

    Alias and complete false identity as Peter Edward William Lehrs used at enlistment AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 April 1902 AWMM
    MachavieSouth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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