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David Reid Carpenter

Portrait of D.R. Carpenter. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1915, v.3, n.1. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of D.R. Carpenter. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1915, v.3, n.1. Image has no known co …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Reid AWMM
  • Surname
    Carpenter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/8 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1894 AWMM HounslowEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Veterans' Home, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Robert Carpenter (father), Veterans' Home, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Soldier/Military 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • David Carpenter was the sixth son of Major Robert Carpenter, Former Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General of Auckland, and now Superintendent of the Veterans' Home. Born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England, he came to Auckland with his parents in 1895 and was educated at Grafton School, the Auckland Grammar School and the Royal Military College Duntroon, returning to Auckland in 1911.

    Lt Carpenter entered Major T W Dawson's office and was studying law.

    He joined the Expeditionary Forces, commanding one of the platoons in Major Dawson's company.

    He received his commission in the 3rd Regiment in 1913, being appointed to a Coastal Defence Detachment.

    Lt Carpenter was killed in Kirithia, Gallipoli, on 8 May 1915 while serving with 3rd Auckland Company. The radio message confirming Lt Carpenter's death was received by his brother George as he approached Gallipoli. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    06 May 1915-10 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Auckland Weekly News Honour Roll 1915

    Obituary: Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. 1915. AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Field of Remembrance 2015, Mt Roskill War Memorial, Mt Roskill War Memorial Park Public - John - Researcher - 27 April 2015 - Research
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Twelve Tree Copse (New Zealand) Memorial, Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Helles, Turkey AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Auckland Garrison Officers Club, St Mary's Church (part of Holy Trinity Cathedral ), corner St Stephens Avenue & Parnell Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mt Roskill War Memorial, War Memorial Park, 13 May Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Dear Uncle David you left us too soon as did so many other young men of your time. You were never forgotten by your family especially your sister's. Beatrice spoke of you, to me, her great grand daughter and I am proud to have your medals in my possession .
    Public - Kym - Other relative - 23 April 2017
  • Remembering Uncle David all day- 25:4:15 - and also his brother George who was my father and served at Gallipoli. I understand my dad picked up the radio message re David's death. My brother David, named after our uncle David was in the RNZAF serving in the Fleet Air Arm during WW11. Our Grandfather, Major Robert Carpenter would be proud of his sons. The Major had a great deal to do with the training of recruits in Auckland. Proud to follow a family association with the Armed Forces, becoming Deputy Senior Chaplain to NZ Defence and Principal Chaplain RNZAF -- Wing Commander the Reverend T.G.C.
    Public - Theodore George - Other Relative - 25 April 2015
  • David Reid Carpenter, my great, great uncle. I've always felt drawn to Gallipoli and now I know why. Arohanui my uncle. Now I've found you, you'll never ever be forgotten. Rest In Peace, along with those who died with you
    Public - Suzanne - Other Relative - 17 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
17 October 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
23 April 2017KymNew ZealandOther relative
27 April 2015JohnMt Roskill, Auckland, New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2015Theodore GeorgePARAPARAUMU Other Relative
17 April 2015Suzanne New ZealandOther Relative

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