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William Robert Friar

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Friar AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 26595 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 April 1893 AWMM HuntlyWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Eleanor Friar (mother), Upper Queen Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 23 September 1916 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26595 AWMM
  • Military service
    School Cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Farmer/Civilian 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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Friar was the son of Matthew and Eleanor Friar, of Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Went to Huntly Primary School. He won the King's Prize Rifle when he represented New Zealand at the Public School Cadet Empire Shooting Competition as a schoolboy cadet. The Lee Enfield 303 was presented to him by Field Marshal Lord Roberts. He also won the Lady Gwendolyn-Bisley Prize which was a pocket knife.

    Some H Company sailed on the Devon.

    Boer War display in The Auckland War Memorial Museum, specifically in the "School Cadets" Case. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    5 November 1917 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne, France AWMM VIII.I. 102 AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Onehunga War Memorial Swimming Pool, Jellicoe Park (off Quadrant Road), Park Gardens, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Onehunga Arch of Remembrance, Jellicoe Park (off Quadrant Road), Park Gardens, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • Rifleman William Friar is remembered through the NZ Cadet Forces award to NZ Cadet Corps members 'WR Friar Memorial Prize', awarded for good shooting and above average Cadet and personal skills. MAJ Wayne Henderson, NZCF
    Public - Wayne - 16 July 2016
  • A very special young man much loved by all his family.
    Public - Murray John - Other Relative - 18 April 2015



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16 July 2016WayneNew ZealandOther
18 April 2015Murray JohnWellington, New ZealandOther Relative