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William Chappell

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William Chappell

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Chappell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 May 1877 AWMM NottinghamEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1940 AWMM Champion Rd, Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mary Ann Chappell (wife) AWMM
    • Daughter - Kathleen Chappell Public - Derilene - Direct descendant - 11 October 2015 - Grandson: Gordon Cosmo Aston (born Auckland - November 1937)
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
    • 1st British Brigade, Sudan Expeditionary Force - Jan 1898 (received Khedive's medal & Sudan Campaign medal) AWMM
    • Crete - 189? - part of an International force established following revolution against the Turks. AWMM
    • Ireland - British Station AWMM
    • 1899 - 1900 Anglo-Boer War (Queen's South Africa Medal, with Natal Bar) AWMM
    • 1904 - Posted to Mediterranean, and except for one break of home service, he was overseas until the commencement of World War I. AWMM
    • Aug 1914- As Regimental Sergeant Major 1st Class, he served with the British Permanent Force until the end of the war, serving in Africa and France. (Mentioned in Despatches 1916; Mons Star, 1914; General Service medal, Victory Medal) AWMM
    • 1920- retired from Imperial Army (received Imperial Army's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM
    Age 53 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Miner, was trapped underground at the age of 14. When recovered, lied about his age and joined the a Public - Derilene - Direct descendant - 11 October 2015 - family
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • In WWII he lowered his age by 12 years to enlist and joined the National Reserve on its formation. He spent a period doing spare-time training with the Nelson Mounted Rifles. In 1941, he transferred to full-time duty with the NZ Temporary Staff. For a time he was attached to the Area 9 Quartermaster's staff.

    In 1942 he was appointed Provost Sergeant in charge of Military police duties in the Nelson District.

    In 1944,authorities discovered his true age to be nearly 69 years old and issued instructions for this release from service.

    In 1957, aged 80, he received a Long & Meritorious Service Medal and Annuity (Rooty Medal). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 March 1963 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • References
    Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    Waiouru Museum holds William's Medals and other assorted belongings. AWMM


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11 October 2015DerilenePinehavenDirect descendant

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