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William Harris

Portraits of South African War service personnel. St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co.p. 41. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portraits of South African War service personnel. St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Harris AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    40 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs H. Harris, Clifton, Dedington, Oxford, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 October 1899 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Kimberley AWMM
    • Paardeberg AWMM
    • Driefontein AWMM
    • 24 May 1900-31 May 1902 Transvaal AWMM
    • Koornspruit AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    40 AWMM
  • Military service
    Served in the Tenth Hussars, British Army AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa Saddler/Civilian Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    United KingdomEurope Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • Orange Free State, South Africa AWMM
      31 Mar 1900-8 June 1900 AWMM
      Battle of Koornspruit AWMM
    • Doornspruit, South Africa AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
    Pre WW1 8 June 1900 AWMM
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Was one of 17 troopers of the 1NZMR captured

    Released at Pretoria 8 June 1900

    Mentioned for Meritorious Service in Lord Robert's despatches 2 April 1901, being in the London Gazette on the 16 April 1901

    Married May Brightwell

    Had two daughters

    For more information on events at the time read:

    * Rough Riders at War by Richard Stowers

    * Kiwi versus Boer by Richard Stowers

    *The New Zealanders in South Africa, 1899-1902 by D.O.W. Hall AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 17 August 1933 AWMM
      Age 69 AWMM
    • 17 August 1933 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 73 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • William was born in Oxford, England 1865 and Died 1933 in Auckland, New Zealand. He married in 1904 and had 2 daughters Marie and Betty. If you have more details on this family PLEASE contact me.. Many thanks
    Public - Leonard Harris - Researcher - 21 May 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
      Rough Riders at War by Richard Stowers (pages 14, 36, 37, 107) AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      London Gazette 16 April 1901 AWMM
    • St Clair Inglis, A. (c1902). Souvenir Album of the first New Zealand Contingent South African War. Auckland, N.Z.: Arthur Cleave & Co. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM


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21 May 2016Leonard HarrisNew ZealandResearcher

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