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William Alfred Mason Dray

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Alfred Mason AWMM
  • Surname
    Dray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    A.W.M. Dray AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 62276 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 Elsie Dray (wife), Goldsmith Street, Leamington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 62276 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Plumber 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
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 5.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      125 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Fredrick and Letitia Dray, of Auckland; husband of Elsie Dray, of Leamington, Cambridge

    Listed as A.W.M. Dray on the Cambridge War Memorial

    Marched in and posted to C Company, 30th Reinforcements with rank of private, Trentham Camp, Upper Hutt, 26 July 1917. Transferred to C Company, 31st Reinforcements, 18 August 1917. Transferred to Featherston Camp Details, Featherston Camp, Wairarapa, 24 October 1917. Proceeded overseas from Wellington with 33rd Reinforcements on board HMNZT 'Athenic', 31 December 1917.
    Disembarked Glasgow, Scotland, 25 February 1918; marched into No 4 Camp and taken on strength, Composite (Canterbury & Otago) Reserve Battalion, Larkhill, Wiltshire, 26 February 1918. Marched out to New Zealand Rifle Brigade Reserve Depot, Brocton, Staffordshire, 28 February 1918.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 28 April 1918.
    Disembarked and marched in to New Zealand Infantry and General Base Depot, Etaples, France, 30 April 1918. Taken on strength 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, and posted to D Company, in the field, 3 May 1918.
    Admitted to No 3 New Zealand Field Ambulance, in the field, 2 July 1918 (sick); discharged from No 3 New Zealand Field Ambulance and rejoined unit, in the field, 8 July 1918.
    Reported by Battalion headquarters on 31 August 1918 to have gone missing in action on 26 August 1918; previously reported missing, now reported on 7 September 1918 by Reverend J H Smith (attached to 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade), to have been killed in action and buried near Bapaume on 26 August 1918.

    Parents: Fredrick and Letitia Dray, Auckland; Wife: Elsie Dray, of Leamington, Cambridge AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 August 1918 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    BapaumeFrance AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM I. C. 3. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Cambridge War Memorial, Queen Street, Cambridge, New Zealand AWMM
    • Hautapu RSA Memorial 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, Leamington, Cambridge AWMM
    • Cambridge Cenotaph, Victoria St, Cambridge 3434 AWMM
    • Cambridge World War One War Memorials AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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