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Kenneth Ray

1/4 portrait of Private Kenneth Ray, Reg No 12/4078, with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, - A Company, 10th Reinforcements. (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-R951. No known copyright.

1/4 portrait of Private Kenneth Ray, Reg No 12/4078, with the Auckland Infantry Battalion, - A Compa …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kenneth AWMM
  • Surname
    Ray AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/4078 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 June 1884 AWMM BradfordEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Grafton Road, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 R.B.J. Ray (brother), Education Board, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    London Gazette, 28 January 1918, p. 1406. For conspicuous gallantry in the field. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    27 May 1918-21 June 1918 AWMM
    Attended the Hayling Island School of Musketry AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 17 November 1915 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Bank officer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Attended the Rifle Course at Hayling Island from 27th May 1918 to 21st June 1918, qualified 1st Class.
    Awarded the Military Medal; "For Conspicuous gallantry in the field on the 20th of October and on the subsequent day the Battalion was in the front line system in front of Kron Prinz Farm this man did splendid and valuable work as a Runner and guide under very trying circumstances. The position occupied by his Company was at all times open to direct observation from the enemy and was continually subjected to heavy shellfire. In spite of these difficulties this man made himself thoroughly acquainted with the whole sector and proved invaluable as a guide over country where land marks were non-existent. He volunteered for work at all times of the day and night and throughout performed all his duties with a cheerfulness and utter disregard for his personal safety which set a splendid example to all ranks. No praise can be too high for the intelligent and courageous work which he performed under the most trying conditions." London Gazette. p. 1406 28th January 1918. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 June 1949 AWMM
    Age 65 AWMM
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Plot 87A, Row 4, Block 3. Feilding Cemetery AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      26: 9 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Bank of New Zealand officers who enlisted for military service in the First World War. Research completed by Paul Hickford (2014-2017). AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM


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