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William Butler Smith

Portrait, WW1, William Butler in uniform c1917. (photo provided by his grand daughter, 2008) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, WW1, William Butler in uniform c1917. (photo provided by his grand daughter, 2008) - No kn …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Butler AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 4/227 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 4/227 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 11 August 1914 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Porter/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
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 10 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      164 pounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Enteric fever AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Carcinomatosis and bronchial pneumonia AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Returned to New Zealand from Samoa, Talune 14 April 1915

    Embarked for Gallipoli June and arrived Gallipoli 6 August 1915, hospitalised September 1915

    Remained on active duty at Etaples or Rouen, France

    Contracted enteric fever in Samoa and in and out of hospital throughout the war and even when he returned to NZ

    Met his wife whilst in Hospital or on leave in Lancaster, Lancashire, England 1917

    2nd cousin of Ernest Richard Johnston (12/381) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 January 1965 AWMM
    Age 75 AWMM
    Lower HuttWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Karori Crematorium, Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Mercer First World War Memorial, corner of Roose Road and Riverbank Road, Mercer AWMM

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  • Hi! I am a researcher collecting William’s poems on the back of Pics peanut butter labels. I seem to have lost one of the labels which infuriates me but I really want to track down the poem on the label. And also is Bill Smith actually William Butler Smith because I keep on finding Bills poems but it doesn’t have the ones I have already collected. I have already collected “The Muncipal Gardens” and the poem “Falling”.
    Lana Callaway
    Public - Lana - Researcher - 20 July 2019
  • Remembering you on the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day Love your g-g- granddaughter Keira
    Public - Keira leigh - Other Relative - 9 April 2015
  • In fond memory of Gaga,(my grandfather) thinking of you this special Anzac year
    Public - Lynda Leigh - Other Relative - 3 March 2015



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20 July 2019LanaAucklandResearcher
09 April 2015Keira leighWAinuiomata,Lower HuttOther Relative
03 March 2015Lynda LeighWainuiomataOther Relative

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