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Alexander Glass

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 266 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 266 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Glass AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 13/64 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 December 1887 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Ohinewai, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Glass, Waiuku, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13/64 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 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
    Schrapnel wound left thigh AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    (Multiple promotions to Temp Sergeant in combat following seniors' fatalities) Public - Simon - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - Military Personnel File

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • August 1914 - My Great Grandfather, Alexander Glass, enlisted with the Auckland Mounted Rifles along with 5 others from the town of Waiuku and embarked for training in Egypt. When plans were laid for the Turkish campaign, the Mounted Rifles left their horses behind and were redeployed as infantry and boarded a ship for the Turkish coast.

    April 1915 - Along with many thousands of other brave men, they left their ships en masse in an attempt to secure the beach and surrounding hills of Gallipoli.

    July 1915 - Suffers gunshot and shrapnel wounds, convalesces on a hospital ship before returning to duty, until the allied troops are evacuated from Gallipoli in December 1915.

    Following the Gallipoli campaign, he rejoined his mount to fight on horseback in North Africa / Middle East where he serves under T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia), at one point writing home to simply say, "Today I rode with Lawrence".

    Mid 1918 - He contracts malaria and spends the last few months of the war in hospital. Following war's end he remains in the military until his injuries from fighting and malaria necessitate a medical discharge in March 1919.

    He serves in The Great War from beginning to end and returns home to restart his life. Remarkable though this part of his life was, the most amazing part of his story is that, unlike so, so many of his comrades, ALL FIVE of those young men that left Waiuku together in 1914 returned to their families.

    On behalf of your daughter Dawn, your Granddaughter Gabrielle and her siblings, your Great Granddaughter Mellanie and our cousins, your Great Great Grandsons Felix and ...... Alexander and their cousins -

    Thank you Alexander. Thank you to all who served.

    Sincerely, your Great Grandson, Simon. Public - Simon - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - Military Files and Family Records
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About death

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  • Death
    30 July 1955 AWMM
    HuntlyWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
    30th July 1955 Public - Simon - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Huntly, New Zealand Public - Simon - Other Relative - 26 April 2015 - Military Personnel File
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Waiuku War Memorial Hall, Queen Street Waiuku 2123 AWMM
    • Mercer First World War Memorial, corner of Roose Road and Riverbank Road, Mercer AWMM

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  • Alexander Glass was my great-great-great uncle, he was a true hero and one of those brave men who first sacrificed their lives to go to war.
    Public - Marcail - Other relative - 30 November 2017
  • Alexander was my Great grandfather. Amazing to hear stories about him, especially how he was shot while at war and it hit the spare bullet in his pocket - ultimately, the bullet saved his life!
    Public - Sara - Direct descendant - 21 December 2015
  • Alex Glass was my great-great-great uncle. I am doing a project about him. He was one of the first five men to leave for World War 1 from Waiuku. He had a younger brother called Frederick who was my great-great grandfather and he was a soldier in the war too. They were both in the Mounted Rifles.
    Public - Timothy - Other Relative - 12 May 2015
  • Against all odds, those brave first five that embarked on what they would have considered to be a great adventure, ALL returned from what was undoubtedly the greatest horror. As you could never forget what you saw, endured, and were compelled to do, we will never forget you.
    Public - Simon - Other Relative - 26 April 2015
  • One of the first five men to leave Waiuku for the Great War. We remember and respect them.
    Public - William John - Researcher - 30 March 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 266 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
10 May 2022GillianWaiukuResearcher
30 November 2017MarcailAuckland, NZOther relative
21 December 2015SaraAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
12 May 2015TimothyMt WellingtonOther Relative
26 April 2015SimonBrisbane, AustraliaOther Relative

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