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Archibald Wookey

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011) - No known copyright restrictions

Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    • Archibald AWMM
    • Archibald William Lawton Public - Timothy Keith - Other relative - 1 November 2018 - Birth certificate - Names Index - Libraries Tasmania (Australia)
  • Surname
    Wookey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    South African 2659 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 23 May 1879 Military Personnel File
    • 1879 Noel Smith Research Project
    • 23 May 1879 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    23rd May, 1879 Public - Timothy Keith - Other relative - 1 November 2018 - Birth Certificate - Names Index - Libraries Tasmania (Australia)
  • Place of birth
    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Public - Timothy Keith - Other relative - 1 November 2018 - Birth Certificate - Names Index - Libraries Tasmania (Australia)
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    South African Tinwald, North Canterbury, 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 2659 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
    South Africa Butcher/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    South Africa Vessel was Maori AWMM Trooper AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died while Prisoner of War AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Trooper Wookey was shot while trying to escape from a Boer prisoner of war camp at Doornbult and was reported buried by the Boers on a farm near Dornbult.

      The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May 1901 writes "Mrs. J. Logan, of Chatswood has received a letter from Captain H. P. Tuckey written at Kimberley, expressing deep sympathy at the death of her son Trooper A. W. L. Wookey, 21 who was a native of Tasmania and a member of the 5th New Zealand Contingent. Deceased resided at Tinwald, Canterbury, when he enlisted. It appears that on being taken prisoner the deceased was stripped of arms and valuables, and was sent away on foot with two Boers guarding him on March 27. When getting through a wire fence he drew his revolver, which had not been discovered, shot one Boer dead and severely wounded the other. The shots were heard by a party of mounted Boers, who rode up and finding what had happened killed young Wookey. Captain Tuckey in his letter states that the courage of the deceased was much admired."

      Thoughout the war Wookey kept a diary, which was supposedly purchased at Beira, Mozambique on 19 May 1900. Wookey, wrote of the cross-country travel, sometimes by train however, often on horseback. He describes how difficult the camp life was, and describes the weather conditions - very hot with torrential rain, he writes of the sickness and many of the shortages of food and water. This diary was sold at auction in February 2020, it was purchased by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

      Wookey's Diary also includes mentions different people; who have been identified by Tim Hallam. On the 12 September Wookey mentions recieving letters from his brother Rupert and sister Olive. They are Rupert Henry Hobbs Wookey (1881-1945) and Olive Linda Grubb Wookey (1886-after 1940) who married James Lawson Smith (sometimes Lawson-Smith). Miss D Wookey of Latrobe, Tasmania is Wookey's other sister Daisy Winifred Grubb Wookey (1876-1956). Mrs T Overton of 374 Malvern Road, Prahran, Victoria and she is Caroline Charlotte Hole who married Tom Overton a real estate agent in Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Caroline being a cousin of Wookey’s mother. AWMM
    • Archibald William Lawton Wookey was the elder son of William Lawton Wookey of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and his wife, Eliza Grubb (as a widow married secondly Joseph Logan). Public - Timothy Keith - Other relative - 1 November 2018 - Birth Certificate - Names Index - Libraries Tasmania (Australia)
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About death

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  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902 AWMM
    • Ashburton South African War Memorial AWMM
    • Queen Victoria Statue, South African War Memorial 1899-1902, Christchurch AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
29 March 2021KevinSouth AfricaResearcher
18 March 2020TimothyAustraliaOther relative
04 November 2018Timothy KeithBelgiumOther relative

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