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Walter Charles Harper

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Harper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 14808 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Ormond, Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of James Davidson & Ellen Eugene HARPER of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Address before enlistment
    Occ. Labourer at the Kaiteratahi Freezing Works, Gisborne - Lived Ormond, Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J. Howie (mother), Ormond, Poverty Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    1916 Walter Charles HARPER married Evelyn Myrtle VERNON Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 May 2023 - Military Record


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 14808 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 Unknown AWMM Labourer/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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Walter Harper was the son of Helen Howie (formerly Harper), of Ormond, Gisborne, New Zealand; and the late James Harper. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    12 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM XXVIII. C. 13. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Mrs. J. Howie, of Ormond, yesterday received the sad news that her second son, Private Walter C. (Tod) Harper, reported missing last week, had been killed in action on October 12. Private Harper left New Zealand with the 14th Reinforcements, and was wounded in January this year. Two months afterwards he was once more in the firing line and was “gassed” in June. After recovering he again went to the front, and was killed in action on October 12. He was very well known among a large circle of friends in Poverty Bay and Hawke’s Bay, and was a brother of Miss N. Harper, infant mistress at the Ormond School Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 8 January 2024 - PERSONAL NOTES.
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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08 January 2024Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
05 April 2016Lorraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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