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Percy De Ville

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Portrait, civilian clothes - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Percy AWMM
  • Surname
    De Ville AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 26/759 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 September 1894 AWMM Te RahuWaikato AWMM
    Te Rahu, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Herbert De Ville (father), London Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 February 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Battle of the Somme AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26/759 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 12 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 20 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
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded, Shrapnel to the neck, penetrating the lung. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted to 8th Casualty Clearing Station, France AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Percy De Ville was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. De Ville, of London St., Hamilton, Waikato AWMM
    • Unit: 4th Bn. 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade
      Rank: Rifleman
      Name: Percy DE VILLE
      No: 26/759
      Occupation & employer: Farmhand, W G Phillips, Matangi
      Religion: C of E
      Date and Place of Birth: 13 September 1895, Te Awamutu
      Next of Kin: Herbert De Ville (father)
      Description on Enlistment: [no description extant]
      Parents: Herbert De Ville, London Street, Hamilton [unable to find mother]
      Service: Disembarked Suez, 15 March 1916.
      Embarked Alexandria for France per Alaunia, 7 April 1916.
      Gunshot wound in neck, shrapnel in neck penetrating lungs, dangerously wounded, 7 July 1916.
      Died of wounds, 18 July 1916 5am. Aged 20.
      Buried: Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. The cemetery contains 4,403 Commonwealth burials of the First World War; 11 of the graves made in April 1918 were destroyed by shell fire and are represented by special memorials.
      Obituary RIFLEMAN PERCY DE VILLE. Rifleman Percy de Ville, whose name is amongst the latest list of killed was a fine type of young man, broad-shouldered and over 6ft high, although only in his 21st year. He was the son of Mr and Mrs H. De Ville, of London street, Hamilton, and was born at Te Kahu, near Te Awamutu, where he received his education. He later worked at tanning pursuits in various parts of the Waikato, and was generally recognised as a "good sport." He left New Zealand as a member of the 9th Reinforcements in the Rifle Brigade. He was well-known and respected, and his parents will receive a large amount [of sympathy]. Public - Jan - Researcher - 13 October 2018 - WW1 Enlistment records, Archives NZ,, Commonwealth War Graves Commission [], Papers Past, and NZBDM online.
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About death

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  • Death
    18 July 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France AWMM II. E. 9. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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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
      24: 20 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Waikato Times Thursday 27 July 1916. Listed as died of wounds. (Info supplied 05/08/03) 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
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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