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William Charles Urquhart

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Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known copyright restrictions

Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Urquhart AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    South African 2414 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1880 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 30 March 1900 AWMM Royal Hotel, Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Donald Urquhart, Royal Hotel, Princes Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa 30 March 1900 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Sawmill hand/Civilian AWMM
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  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
      5 foot 8.5 inches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Haematuria, result of bilharzia AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Hospitalised on return from South Africa AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Father: Donald Urquhart (died 31 May 1921, age 74)

    Mother: Sarah Mellon(died 5 May 1922, age 65)

    1910: married Georgina Elsie Lindsay (died 1965, age 81). Children: Norman

    1902: resided at Mt Roskill, occupation labourer

    1905 + : resided at Greenlane, occupation Mill Hand

    1914+: Resided at Gardiner Road, One Tree Hill, occupation Carrier

    1922+ : Resided In Turua, Thames, occupation Farmer

    5th Contingent in South Africa: Arrival South Africa. Volunteers from No 11 Company (Auckland) became 1st NZ Battery, Rhodesian Field Artillery. Rest of contingent were re-organised into A, B, C & D Squadrons in South Africa. C Squadron split from the rest & joined the Kimberley flying column, based in Kimberley. A, B & D Squadrons joined the 2nd Brigade Rhodesian Field Force on 14/8/1900.

    Movements: Ottoshoop 16-20/8/1900 [action] en route to Zeerust

    Movements: Kaffir Kraal 24/10/1900 [action]

    Movements: Ventersdorp : 28/12/1900 - 23/1/1901

    Movements: Cyferfontein : Jan 1901-6/3/1901

    Movements: Ventersdorp

    Movements: Wildfontein 24/3/1901 [action]

    Member of the The Zeerust Cup Match, won by the “Right Section New Zealand Battery” in May 1901 while on active service in South Africa, was possibly New Zealand’s first representative rugby league match. A letter presented with the trophy noted that it was a token of friendship intended to remind the team of the happy days passed amongst the Zeerust folks.

    Returned to NZ Left South Africa on 12/6/1901 aboard SS Tagus (with 4th Contingent).

    Member of Cornation Contingent, 14 April 1902

    Resident of Epsom, Auckland before his death.

    On nominal roll as Private

    Auckland Museum Boer War Display – photo of “section of the Auckland Fifth Contingent which left by the Mapourika”

    Photo: Te Awamutu Museum ref: 516 / R23:5 of the 1st New Zealand 15-pounder Field Artillery Football Team, 1902.

    The Zeerust Cup, a silver cup, is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and is currently on loan to the Rugby Museum, Palmerston North (2011). AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1937 AWMM
    Age 57 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hillsborough Cemetery, Hillsborough Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Area 13, Row 10 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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