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William Henry Cunningham

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Cunningham, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 5 / F2106 9. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Cunningham, Archives New Zealand, AALZ 25044 5 / F2106 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Cunningham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    William Herbert AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 10/1085 AWMM
    • WWII 28084 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 September 1883 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 5 August 1914 AWMM No. 3 Line, Wanganui East, New Zealand AWMM
    • 2 North Terrace, Kelburn, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs E. Brown (mother), Eastown Road, Wanganui East, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs G.W. Cunningham (wife), Eastown Road, Wanganui East, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded at Gallipoli. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Invalided to NZ, March 1942 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Elizabeth Harriet and William Henry Cunningham

    Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - Civil (KBE)

    Commanding Officer (CO) of 2 Battalion, Wellington Regiment during WWI.

    Commanding Officer 1 Battalion, Hawkes Bay Regiment, 1924-29.

    Commander of 2 NZ Infantry Brigade, 1929-39.

    Appointed Commander of 8 NZ Infantry Brigade, Fiji, October 1940.

    General Officer Commanding (GOC) in Fiji, January 1941-March 1942.

    President of NZ Law Society, 1950.

    Listed as William Herbert Cunningham on the Nominal Roll and as William Henry by Haigh, J. and Polaschek, A. (1993) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    20 April 1959 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
10 July 2018AllanRotoruaResearcher
12 September 2015VictoriaWellingtonResearcher
25 April 2015Catherine HelenNapier, New ZealandOther Relative

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