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William Meldrum

Portrait from Powles, C.G. (1922). p. xvi - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from Powles, C.G. (1922). p. xvi - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Meldrum AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Bill AWMM
    • Fix Bayonets AWMM
    • Corncob AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/675 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 July 1865 AWMM KamoNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 14 August 1914 AWMM Hunterville, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs N.E. Meldrum (wife), care of G.P.O, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Married/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 feet AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      12 stone AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Malaria - Kantara Field Hospital, then Nasirch General Hospital, Cairo - 2.9 -1.10.17 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Malaria - 3rd General Hospital & Bir Darieh Hospital - 16.5.18 - 28.6.18 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Stroke AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Married twice. Husband of Nora Elizabeth Meldrum (nee Carthew). Father of Alexander Francis Medrum, b. 1895 and another child. Husband of Clare Beatrice Meldrum (nee Dodson), father of 3 more children.

    Took part in all engagements of the Wellington Mounted Rifles.

    Noted as the second oldest man at Gallipoli, after Colonel Charles Mackesy.

    Commanded Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment 1914-17; New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade 1917-19 and commanded 2nd Australian Light Horse Brigade at Battle of Romani, 1916.

    Served in the Home Guard in WWII.

    Was known to be lenient to Returned Servicemen appearing before him in court during his service as a magistrate.

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 February 1964 AWMM
    Age 98 AWMM
    BurnhamCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Karoro Cemetery, Chesterfield Street, Greymouth, Westland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Christchurch Press, 14 & 15 February 1964

    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 14 & 15 February 1964 AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 498 AWMM
    • A.U.C. roll of honour, 1914 - 1920. MSS & Archives E-2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. AWMM
    • Williams, E. G. (1914-1918). [Williams Album 3]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-212. AWMM
    • Williams, E. G. (1914-1918). [Williams Album 2]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-211. 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
    • Sylvester, G. (2013). William Meldrum : barrister, soldier, magistrate, mayor, freemason, New Zealander : a man of mystery revealed. Greymouth: N. Z.: The author. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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