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William Arnold Duncan

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Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 75), Page: 45 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 75), Page: 45 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Arnold AWMM
  • Surname
    Duncan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 58677 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 April 1897 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Duncan (father), Owaka, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 58677 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 Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of disease AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Duncan was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Duncan, of Catlins, New Zealand.

    On coming into camp in June 1917 Private Duncan was posted to the Specialists, and his aptitude was such that, although having no previous military experience, he passed all his tests as a trained signaller. On shipboard he was a boat's signaller and proved by his resource and ability that the confidence bestowed on him was not misplaced. He was taken ill suddenly, and within twenty-four hours his short life of twenty years had closed. Of a bright disposition, Private Duncan's early demise is to be deplored, and the sympathy of all on board is extended to his relatives, whose only comfort can be that he died in the greatest war of all times in defence of our ancient liberties; and though disease claimed him, his sacrifice is no less than that of those who died on the fields of France. (Soldiers' Pie', the shipboard magazine of HMT No. 96 Maunganui).

    Died on H.M.T. "Maunganui" AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    • 3 January 1918 AWMM
      Age 20 AWMM
    • 3 January 1918 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
      Age 20 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Andersons Bay Memorial Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block S, Plot MP AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: "Died at Sea". Ere these pages are published this heading will have appeared in our daily journals in far off New Zealand. Beneath it will be recorded the name of Private William Arnold Duncan, of the Signalling Section, 32nd Specialists.

    The morning following his death the ship slowed down, and to the sound of the "Last Post" his remains were committed to the deep, all ranks standing fast, thus paying a silent tribute to their late comrade - pro patria mori.This tribute appeared in 'Soldiers' Pie', the shipboard magazine of HMT No. 96 Maunganui, a copy of which is held in the verticle file in the Armoury.

    On coming into camp in June 1917 Private Duncan was posted to the Specialists, and his aptitude was such that, although having no previous military experience, he passed all his tests as a trained signaller. On shipboard he was a boat's signaller and proved by his resource and ability that the confidence bestowed on him was not misplaced. He was taken ill suddenly, and within twenty-four hours his short life of twenty years had closed. Of a bright disposition, Private Duncan's early demise is to be deplored, and the sympathy of all on board is extended to his relatives, whose only comfort can be that he died in the greatest war of all times in defence of our ancient liberties; and though disease claimed him, his sacrifice is no less than that of those who died on the fields of France. AWMM
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Otago Provincial Memorial, Anderson's Bay, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM

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Sources

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  • References
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      75: 45 AWMM
    • Soldiers' pie : being the unofficial journal of the C,D,E & F Coys. Artillery, Specialists N.Z.E. (Tunnellers) N.Z.M.C. of the 32nd Reinforcements. [1918]. London, England: R. Clay and sons, Ltd. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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