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William Munro Duncan

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Unknown, photographer (1915-1916). "Chilman, Pat London, Will Duncan, J. Biss, Abbott, Jack, Sclater, Latta, Percy Gray, Jimmy Goodstein". [Agnes (Peggy) Williams photograph album]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2017-2-3-p42-2. No known copyright restrictions.
Unknown, photographer (1915-1916). "Chilman, Pat London, Wil … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Munro AWMM
  • Surname
    Duncan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 3/667 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 July 1893 AWMM PetoneWellington AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 19 May 1915 AWMM 160 Hutt Road, Petone, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    G. Duncan (father), 160 Hutt Road, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 June 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 3/667 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 19 May 1915 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Shorthand Typist/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Tuberculosis Meningitis AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of George and Alexanderina Duncan, of Glen Urquhart, Inverness, Scotland.

    William Duncan was promoted to Warrant Officer, Class 1 on 15 September 1915, after arrival in Egypt. He spent the next nine months working at the New Zealand Auxiliary Hospital at Moascar and the NZGH at Cairo. (Church, p. 76)

    In June 1916 he was posted to England and left Alexandria on board the Dover Castle bound for Southampton. By June he was staff at No.1 NZGH, Brockenhurst. (Church, p. 77)

    "On 29 may William Duncan left for France for duties in the Field at Messines. He received a second accolade on 7 August when he was brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for war 'for valuable services rendered in connection with the War.'"(Church, p. 77)

    William Duncan contracted influenza, which developed into tubercular meningitis, and was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley where he he died.

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains a war memoir by Raymond Danvers Baker that contains a possible mention of William Duncan. [Ref. MS 2010/20] AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    15 July 1918 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
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  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM A. 4. 18. AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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    Railways Roll of Honour board. Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011. Image provided by John Halpin 2017, CC BY John Halpin 2017. AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p. 203 AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Photograph, 29 August 1918, p. 42. AWMM
    • Baker, Raymond Danvers. Memoir and papers relating to war service, 1912 - 1968. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2010-20. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Colin M. Gordon Album (1915-1918). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-ALB-376. AWMM
    • Unknown, photographer (1915-1916). [Agnes (Peggy) Williams photograph album]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2017-2-3. AWMM
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