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William Angel

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.

New Zealand. Army. 1st Maori Contingent. Scroll of the 1st New Zealand Maori Contingent, 1915. Auckl …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Angel AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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    WWI 16/550 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 December 1894 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Matakohe, Northern Wairoa Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 April 2024 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of William henry & Mary ANGEL of Matakohe Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 7 April 2024 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Matakohe, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 W.H. Angel, Matakohe, Northern Wairoa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16/550 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW1 Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 10 May 1916 AWMM
    Medically unfit for War Service AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

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    • Letter from Willie Angell to his cousin Charles Angell:

      2ndMilitary War Hospital
      Holly Moor,
      North Field,
      Dear Cousin,

      You will be surprised to hear from me but I wrote to your mother and she was kind enough to give me your address and having nothing to do just now I thought I would scribble you a few lines. This is my first visit to England and I am glad to say I like it very much and hope to see a great deal of it before I leave. I don’t know whether you knew that you had relatives in New Zealand. Your father was my father’s brother. When the war began I enlisted and came to that nice little place called the Dardanelles and I can tell you we had quite a lively time there but I had the bad luck to get a piece of shrapnel in my right hand. It was thought at first that I should lose my right hand but I wouldn’t let them take it off but they took one of my fingers the middle one but my hand is almost well. I expect to be out of the hospital in another week. I hope so at anyrate as I am tired and sick of this life. I have never been shut up so long in my life but of course we get splendid treatment here but I would sooner be back in the firing line than be shut up here for weeks at a time. Some people came last week with a motor and took some of us for a drive. It was grand. I never enjoyed a ride so much before and I think England a very pretty place. Of course we didn’t go far, only through Birmingham and North Field but it was nice. I have promised to go and see your mother when I get furlow. I am getting fourteen days. I should like to see you if I can. After that I suppose I shall very likely go to France. I would much sooner go to France than back to the Dardanelles. For one reason I want to see France and if I get there I shall be satisfied. I only had my finger taken off last Thursday, week tomorrow and my hand is rather stiff and a little painful at times but the stitches are making it sore. I have another brother wounded in Malta and another in the peninsular so you can see that there are three of us. Perhaps you will get tired of reading this scribble. I think I will close. Hoping you are in the best of health. Excuse my scribble. Wishing you will reply I remain yours Cousin,

      Willie Angell

      Private W Angell
      16/550 Holly Moor
      North Field
      Birmingham AWMM
    • 16/550 Pte ANGEL, William s Matakohe, Farm Labourer 3rd Rf A Coy 1st Maori Contingent Wiliiam Henry Angel (father) Matakohe (AWN 23/3/16) Angel, William. Returning shortly to NZ Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 April 2024 - Northland Military Records WWI
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  • REFER To:
    For a wonderful story of the ANGEL FAMILY
    Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 13 April 2024

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 April 2024Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
30 June 2016AllanRotoruaResearcher
19 July 2015Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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