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Beethoven Algar

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 9 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 9 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Beethoven AWMM
  • Surname
    Algar AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Beet Algar AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1884 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 May 1894 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1915 AWMM Onepu Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Eric A. Algar (brother), Onepu Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 November 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 23 December 1916 Battle of Magdhaba (23 Dec 1916 ) AWMM
    • Gaza AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1884 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1915 AWMM 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      During the third Battle of Gaza in 1918, Algar was wounded in two places by shrapnel AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      He was evacuated by cacholet, a stretcher slung between two camels, to Cairo, where he spent four months recuperating. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Sent home to New Zealand in July 1918 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Born into a highly musical family, Algar was named after the German composer. He also had a brother named Haydn, who served in the Second Reserves during World War 1. His brother Eric, named as Beet's next-of-kin on enlistment, served in the First Reserves.

    At 13, Algar had a disagreement with his father that led to his running away to Masterton, where he obtained a job at a hotel.

    He played a few games of rugby for Wellington before enlisting in 1915.

    After arriving in Egypt, he quickly grew bored with the constant patrolling, so when he was given the chance to join a New Zealand company with the Imperial Camel Corps, he took it eagerly.

    He eventually was promoted to Sergeant with the Camel Corps.

    At one point he was chosen to be a member of TE Lawrence's escort for two to three weeks. He found the famous Lawrence of Arabia to be rather aloof.

    Algar was involved in all three battles for Gaza in 1918. During the third he was wounded and shipped back to Cairo before returning to New Zealand.

    Algar returned to playing rugby after the war and represented New Zealand in the All Blacks in 1920-21. He captained the team for one game.

    In 1920 he married Kathleen Norman. They had two sons and two daughters.

    He became a builder with one of his brothers, and they built the first 36 houses in the Miramar suburb of Wellington before the Depression hit and they were forced to close their business.

    Photographs in the 2005 article AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 November 1989 AWMM
    Age 95 AWMM
    LevinManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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