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William James Rodger

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  • Service number
    6/978 AWMM
  • Also known as
    William James Rodges AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
Close up of headstone of Captain William James Rodger s/n 6/978 M.C., D.C.M. at Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch. Image provided by Sarndra Lees, 22 June 2014. Image has All Rights Reserved.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William James AWMM
  • Surname
    Rodger AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    William James Rodges AWMM
  • Service number
    6/978 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM 238 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown address AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Unknown address AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Miss J.C. Rodger, 238 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Miss J.C. Rodger (sister), 238 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Miss J.C. Rodger (sister), 238 Moorhouse Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    6/978 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      1919 AWMM
      Citation for M.C.:Lieut. (Temporary Captain) William James Rodger, D.C.M., 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment. Awarded D.C.M. for conspicuous gallantry and good leadership. During the operations in the vicinity of the Foret-de-Mormal pm 5th November 1918 he was in command of the support company when the left leading company was surrounded by the enemy he promptly led his company forward and relieved a very difficult situation. He then re-organized [sic] the two Companies and under heavy fire captured the edge of the wood on his sector. London Gazette 08/03/1919 AWMM
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      1915 AWMM
      Citation of D.C.M. : For Conspicuous gallantry on the night of the 4th and 5th June 1915, at Quinn’s Post (Dardanelles.) During a sortie Sergeant Rodger was in charge of a party of men, and although seriously wounded by a bayonet-thrust he refused to retire. He exhibited throughout the night the greatest coolness and bravery, and gave to all with him a fine example of devotion to duty. London Gazette 06/09/1915 AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Territorial Service Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Three brothers saw active service in WW1, William James Rodger (6/978), Henry Hugh Rodger (58600) and James Cunningham Rodger (25/459) who was killed in action. AWMM
    • For more family detail see https://flic.kr/p/o7ZKQf Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 8 September 2015 - My own research

Death

About death

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  • Death
    17 May 1945 Cemetery Record
    Age 61 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bromley Cemetery, corner of Keighleys and Linwood Avenue, Christchurch New Zealand AWMM Plot 17, Block 1G RSA AWMM
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 626 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      57: 3 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      57: 28 AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      4/10/1919, p.12380 AWMM
    • London Gazette AWMM
      6/09/1915, p.8863 AWMM
    • The Sun AWMM
      Volume II, Issue 457, 28 July 1915, Page 8 AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      Volume XC, Issue 96, 21 October 1915, Page 4 AWMM
    • Ashburton Guardian (Canterbury) AWMM
      Volume XXXV, Issue 8316, 8 December 1915, Page 5 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. 1: Includes portrait AWMM

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08 September 2015SarndraAuckland, New ZealandResearcher