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William Henry Vinsen

Portrait, Private W. H. Vinsen - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Private W. H. Vinsen - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Vinsen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Willy AWMM
  • Service number
    South African 1373 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 16 May 1876 AWMM NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
    • 17 May 1876 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 15 March 1900 AWMM Westport, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr R. Vinsen (father), Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 24 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    South African 1373 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Severely wounded at Ottoshoop, Transvaal on the 16 August 1900. Admitted to hospital, Capetown 20 November 1900, discharged 12 December 1900. (Note: large gap between date of injury and date admitted to hospital) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Gun shot wound (knee joint?). Invalided for 6 months dating from January 26 1901 to July 25 1901 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Complications of Asthma and heart AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • At time of discharge he was described as 5 foot 8 inches, grey eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.

    Father was named Robert Vinsen. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    • 20 May 1962 AWMM
      Age 86 AWMM
      WaipukurauHawkes Bay AWMM
    • 20 May 1962 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 87 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Cremated at Karori Crematorium, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Wall of Remembrance, niche no.45 I/1 AWMM
    • Karori Cemetery AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Evening Post (Wellington) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer : the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives of New Zealand. AWMM
      Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 1900. H.6. Nominal Roll AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Evening Post (Wellington) AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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