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William Oliver Ennis

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New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-624. Cultural Permissions may apply.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Oliver AWMM
  • Surname
    Ennis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    16/582 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1871 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
    30 July 1872 (or 29 July 1875) birthdates vary at enlistment 1914, 1915 & 1920 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Place of birth
    Dublin, Ireland (other reports say he was born in Invercargill, NZ. He has no registered NZ Birth R Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 22 November 1914 AWMM 29 Howe Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Traffic Manager in Greymouth
    Railway Officer in Christchurch Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Sarah Louise Ennis (wife), care of W.H. Whittaker, Thames Street, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    • 1900 married Sarah Louise WESBNEY Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Egyptian - Gallipoli, Egyptian EF & Western European Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Armed force / branch
    • Army AWMM
    • 1st NZ Maori Contingent; Otago Inf Regt; 28th Aust Inf; NZ Maori Pioneers Btn Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Service number
    16/582 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    6yrs Southland Mounted Rifles; 2yrs Railway Battalion Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    39yrs 6mths Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Accidental death AWMM
    • 1915 wounded at Gallipoli; Mar 1918 Bronchitis Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Military Record

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Member of NZ Diamond Jubilee Contingent, 1897.

    Captain with Pioneer Battalion, 22 November 1914.

    Major and Officer Commanding (OC) of D Company, Pioneer Battalion, 1917.

    Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer (CO) of Pioneer Battalion, 27 November 1918. AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    Feb 1926 AWMM
    Age 55 AWMM
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  • Date of death
    12 February 1926 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Christchurch City Council's Cemetery Records
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Huia Private Hospital, Auckland Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Christchurch City Council's Cemetery Records
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch, NZ Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Christchurch City Council's Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Block 39; Plot 51 Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Christchurch City Council's Cemetery Records
  • Obituary
    MR. W. 0. ENNIS. The death of Mr. William Oliver Ennis, which occurred late on Saturday afternoon, as a result of a motor accident, removes a most popular officer of the Railway Department. Mr. Ennis was 55 years of age and joined the Railway Department at Invergargill 40 years ago to-day. He was station master in several parts of the South Island, and later was traffic manager at Christchurch. About I8 months ago ha was appointed staff superintendent for New Zealand, with headquarters at Wellington. Mr Ennis has served on various commissions in connection with departmental affairs. He was also at one time treasurer and vice president of the New Zealand Railway Officers Institute.
    During the war he served at Gallipoli and in France, leaving New Zealand as Captain Adjutant of the Pioneer Battalion. He was wounded at Gallipoli, and gassed in France. He was awarded the D.S.0., with a bar, and reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In I897 Mr. Ennis was a member of the New Zealand Jubilee contingent sent to England to take part in the jubilee of Queen Victoria. In his younger days Mr. Ennis played Rugby football for Southland, and was stroke of the railway rowing four at Invercargill, where he was born. Mr. Ennis was on a visit to Auckland inquiring into a staff reorganisation scheme, and was accompanied by his wife. There are two sons. Mr Eric Ennis, surveyor of Christchurch. and Mr Douglas Ennis of the electrical department of that city Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 9 March 2016 - Auckland Star, Volume LVII, Issue 38, 15 February 1926, Page 10
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 216 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2019). Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori In the First World War. New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd. AWMM

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