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Walter Richard Costar

Portrait, Walter Richard Costar (2/2600) Weekly News - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Walter Richard Costar (2/2600) Weekly News - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Costar AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/2600 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 December 1894 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    M.A. Costar (father), Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 2/2600 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    For bravery in the field. L.G. 28 January 1918, p1405. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Electrician/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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Matoaka Atlantic and Sarah Caroline Costar of Karaka, New Zealand

    Remembered on the Papakura - Karaka War Memorial

    COSTAR, Walter R, Fitter, died of wounds, was the second son of Mr & Mrs M A Costar of Karaka. He was educated at the Manurewa school where he won a scholarship. He then entered the Seddon Memorial Technical College where he studied electrical engineering and while at the college he passed the Civil Service examination. He was in the employ of A & T Burt Ltd as an electrician when he enlisted in the 9th Reinforcements and was made fitter with the 14th and later with the 11th Battery of the NZ Field Artillery. He was twice wounded. Fitter Costar was awarded the Military Medal for repairing a gun under heavy shell fire and for rescuing a comrade whose gun had been blown to pieces. At the time of his death he was on the list of commissioned officers waiting to be transferred to another unit. Auckland Weekly News, 7 February 1918 p.19 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 December 1917 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XXVII D 18A AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
    • The Wiri First World War roll of honour, St David’s Anglican Church, Great South Road, Manukau Public - Tim - Researcher - 28 April 2015 - Public memorial
    • Manurewa War Memorial, Great South Road, Manurewa, Manukau Public - Tim - Researcher - 28 April 2015 - Public memorial
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Papakura - Karaka War Memorial, Great South Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial, Selwyn Chapel at Christ Church (Anglican), 40 Coles Crescent, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Memorial Stone, Selwyn Chapel at Christ Church (Anglican), 40 Coles Crescent, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Karaka War Memorial Hall, 319 Linwood Rd, Karaka 2580 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Walter Richard Costar was a young man who died at heart. He had sacrificed his life too soon.
    Public - Sarah - Researcher - 28 March 2018

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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      21: 33 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
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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28 March 2018SarahNew ZealandResearcher
28 April 2015TimAucklandResearcher

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