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William Mandeno Smallfield

Portrait, copy print from War letters, diaries and papers, MS-2007-37, Auckland Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Image kindly provided by Geoffrey Smallfield - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, copy print from War letters, diaries and papers, MS-2007-37, Auckland Museum, Tāmaki Paeng …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Mandeno AWMM
  • Surname
    Smallfield AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 17735 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 June 1895 AWMM TamakiAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Reverend P.S. Smallfield (father), Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Chiropody Training AWMM
    • Instruction in Stokes Trench Mortars AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Mar 1916 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Printer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
      6 foot 1.5 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Leg wound 11 February 1917, admitted to hospital AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Hospitalised with influenza, trench fever 3 August 1917, No 47 General Hospital, in France, and then to NZ General Hospital Brockenhurst AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Smallfield was the son of Reverend Percy Scott and Mary Mandeno Smallfield and brother of Eric Smallfield (48806)

    Printer of ship magazine on board the HMNZT 62, Mokoia "We printed 600 copies, and within an hour every copy was sold. The first copy was autographed by the secretary, and sold by auction, fetching the remarkable sum of £1:10:0. It was sold to a private. The gross profit from the first number was £9. It is proposed to issue another next week, just before we reach Durban" Extract from a letter to his mother 17 September 1916.

    Embarked for France 15 November 1916

    Trained 3 weeks in chiropody

    Married Eva Millicent Law in 1921.

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains letters, diaries and papers relating to Smallfield's war service.

    AWMM. Auckland War Memorial Museum. History Collections: Leather jerkin (2006.62.1), pick (an entrenching tool) (2007.55.1) and field dressing (2007.55.1) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1969 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
    PapatoetoeManukau AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Block J, Row 32, Plot 90 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      38: 34 AWMM
    • Smallfield, William Mandeno. War letters, diaries and papers, 1916 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2007/37. AWMM
    • MQ: the Quarterly Magazine of the Auckland War Memorial Museum AWMM
      Merry Christmas from the Front. (2006-2007). MQ: the Quarterly Magazine of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Summer: December 2006 - February 2007. Issues 109 p. 25-6. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM

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