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William Robert Laurence

Black and white portrait of William Robert Laurence (10/1877 41715) as a young man c.WW1 (kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Black and white portrait of William Robert Laurence (10/1877 41715) as a young man c.WW1 (kindly pro …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Laurence AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 10/1877 AWMM
    • 41715 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 October 1893 AWMM TarikiTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 4 January 1915 AWMM Tariki, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 21 June 1940 AWMM Inglewood Hotel, Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Walter Tilden Laurence (father), Tariki, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Flora Laurence (mother), Pembroke Road, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
    • France and Germany (TBC) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 10/1877 AWMM
    • 41715 AWMM
  • Military service
    Inglewood Volunteers and Territorials AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      127 lbs AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Bronchitis, bronchopneumonia, prostate cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Inter War 14 June 1919 AWMM
      Discharged on termination of period of engagement AWMM
      Private AWMM
    • WW2 10 July 1943 AWMM Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Walter Tilden Laurence and Flora Eugeniea Laurence (nee Olsen).

    Married twice. Husband of Elsie May Laurence (nee Yelland), father of Stanley, and four other children. Husband of Dorothy Joan Laurence (nee McAsey) and father of several children. Father of Thomas Arnold Laurence (37568) who also served in WW2.

    Wounded in action with Wellington Infantry Battalion at Chunuk Bair, August 8th 1915.

    Evacuated to Hamrun Hospital, Malta, arriving 13th August 1915.

    Left Malta on troopship 'Galatea' bound for Portsmouth August 25th 1915. Sent to Grey Towers, Hornchurch, Essex, England September 11th 1915 for further treatment.

    Shipped back to Egypt in March 1916 where he rejoined battalion at Ismalia.

    Sent to France with Battalion May 1916.

    Wounded in action 11 August 1916. Sent to NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, England, then transferred back to Grey Towers, Hornchurch, on 22nd August 1916.

    Sent to Torquay, Devon for recuperation. Stationed at NZ Discharge Unit, Hampton House, Torquay where met he Miss Elsie May Yelland. They were married September 20th 1917.

    Returned to NZ on the 'Arawa' in May of 1919 with his wife and baby son named Stanley.

    Served WW2 6 January 1941 to 6 April 1941 in New Zealand; 7 April 1941 to 9 June 1943 overseas and 10 June 1943 to 10 July 1943 in New Zealand. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 August 1970 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
    WaitaraTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waitara Cemetery, Bayly Street, Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM Services Area, plot 90a AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Taranaki Daily News AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • My name is William Laurence I am his great great grandson and and I am doing a family tree for a school project. And I am amazed that he was at Chunuk Bair and in ww2.
    Public - William Richard Oliver - Direct descendant - 11 May 2017
  • My name is Sharyn, I was born 23 April 1961 and I am the youngest child of William Robert Laurence.
    Public - Sharyn Kaye - Child - 27 April 2015
  • My name is Vaughn and I am the great grandson of William Robert Laurence. As part of a school project I am learning about family members who have served in the world wars and I am proud of my great granddad and his service to New Zealand
    Public - Vaughn Robert - Other Relative - 20 April 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 407 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 199 AWMM
    • Taranaki Daily News AWMM
      Death notice: Taranaki Daily News AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
11 May 2017William Richard OliverSpringston New ZealandDirect descendant
27 April 2015Sharyn KayeWaitara NewZealandChild
20 April 2015Vaughn RobertHastings, New ZealandOther Relative

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