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Davidson Stoupe

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Davidson AWMM
  • Surname
    Stoupe AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Dave Stoupe AWMM
    • David Ronald Wilson AWMM
    • Davy Stoupe AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/45 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 July 1891 AWMM RutherglenScotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 19 August 1914 AWMM c/o A. Wall, Tyndall Street, Pahiatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 David Ronald Wilson (father), Drummawhey, Newtownards, County Down, Ireland AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/45 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    At Palmerston North, before Embarkation. AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand 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
      Bullet Wounds to both thighs AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Dysentry AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Bullet wound to head AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded again on 30.3.1918 AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      Kidney failure (attending doctor said war wounds contributed to his early death) AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Davidson Stoupe had just emigrated to New Zealand from Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland. He had arrived to join members of the Stoupe family already in New Zealand. Less than a year after his arrival, war was declared in Europe. He enlisted under the name of David Ronald Wilson. The family are not sure of the reason for this as he was old enough to enlist. Possibly he was indentured to his Uncle William, or perhaps as the false name he gave had a military background, he felt he had more chance of being accepted. His name was corrected by Statutory Declaration at Hornchurch on 12 November 1918.

    The Next of Kin is taken directly from embarkation rolls and is in fact not true - D.R. Wilson was possibly a friend

    The informants recorded information about his emabrkation, 22 September 1914, Arawa or Limerick, destination Dardanelles.

    He was in the Main Body to leave Wellington in 1914, and was first wounded at Gallipoli on 8 May 1915. He suffered bullet wounds to both thighs, and was shipped back to Egypt to recover.

    Davidson rejoined his battalion at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, a week before the assault on Chunuk Bair. He was shipped out with dysentry in September 1915.

    The Battalion embarked for France on 6 April 1916. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal while serving in the field on 10 July 1916, and was wounded in action on 16 July 1916, with a bullet wound to his head. Once recovered from this wound, leave in Paris and the UK followed.

    On returning to the front at the beginning of 1918 he was promoted to Sergeant, when his Company Sergeant was killed in action on 2 February 1918. Wounded again on 30 March 1918, he was sent back to England to convalesce.

    He married Emma Clotworthy,of Newtownards, County Downs who was his second cousin on 15 October 1918. The married couple embarked for New Zealand on 25 January 1919. He was discharged from the army on 15 July 1919.

    Hospitals admitted to during World War I were : St Andrews, Malta; Hospital Ship H.S. Gloucester Castle; No. 4 General Hospital, France; Hornchurch Hospital, and Walton-on-Thames Hospital.

    He would later rejoin the NZ Army for temporary service in New Zealand from 30 June 1941 to 18 November 1942. He was Sergeant at the Motor Transport Pool based in Gaunt St, Auckland.

    He worked as a traffic Officer with the Mt Albert City Council, and later as an engineer working at Challenge Phosphate, A.G. Price in Thames and later at the Colonial Ammunition Company.

    Davidson and Emma raised five children, and livied in Sandringham in Auckland. He was also a member of the Auckland Gun Club, and won a number of trophies.

    Shortly before 5 p.m. on 8th May 1915 amessage was despatched to the front line that a general advance had been ordered of the whole line with fixed bayonets at 5.30pm. It was intended that the advance should be made by the New Zealand Brigade alone, but the first order was countermanded and Sir Ian Hamilton ordered a general advance. In view of the way the British Line throughout was pinned down by the excellently served Turkish machine guns, it was difficult to see how the advance was to succeed in doing other than increasing casualties. The troops in the front line realized the hopelessness of attempting to progress until the machine guns had been silenced; but the Divisional Headquarters did not appear to appreciate it. Ruahine Company, which had lain in reserve throughout the day in Ravine Gully was ordered up and participated in the general advance on the right of the battalion in an endeavour to fill the gap between West Coast Company and the Auckland Regiment. A section of the company under General Short got well forward up the Krithia Nulla; but finding themselves completely isolated, they took cover , and at dusk, retired to the line occupied by the West Coast Company. (from : 'The Wellington Regiment N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919' by W.H. Cunningham D.S.O., C.A.L. Treadwell, O.B.E., and J.S. Hanna) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 December 1944 AWMM
    Age 53 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block G, Section 7, No. 61 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: 15 December 1944. AWMM
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 788 AWMM
    • Cunningham, W., Treadwell, C., & Hanna, J. (1928). The Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F., 1914-1919. Wellington, N.Z.: Ferguson and Osborn. 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. 2: Includes portrait AWMM

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