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William Edward Balcombe-Brown

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright rest …


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    William Edward AWMM
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    Balcombe-Brown AWMM
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  • Birth
    1893 Lives of the First World War
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • William Balcombe-Brown was the son of Edward and Eliza Mary Balcombe-Brown, of Upper Hutt, Wellington.

    Two sons, brothers William Edward Balcombe-Brown and Rainsford Balcombe-Brown,were killed in WW1.

    "Came here in 1909 and was head librarian and a member of the shooting eight two years later. In October, 1912, he entered Oriel College, Oxford, where he became an ardent member of the O.T.C. On the outbreak of war, he was gazetted 2nd Lieut. in the R.F.A., special reserve, and on June 9th was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He was killed in action in Flanders while observing fire from the infantry trenches on June 29th, 1915. The Provost of Oriel, writing to his brother, said of him:—'He was a joyous instance of a man who was thoroughly good without being made unsociable by it.' At the time of his death he had just finished some important range finding, and an hour or so before, had written complaining of the lack of ammunition, adding that if the Germans had to put up with as much shelling as our troops, they would become absolutely demoralised." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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  • Death
    29 June 1915 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
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    Buffs Road Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,Belgium AWMM EE.39. AWMM
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    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM


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