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William Earnslaw Balneaves

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Headstone, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery (photo G.F. Fortune, 2007) - Image has All Rights Reserved

Headstone, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery (photo G.F. Fortune, 2007) - Image has All Rights Reserved

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Earnslaw AWMM
  • Surname
    Balneaves AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    William Earnshaw Balneaves AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/665 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 December 1891 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    16/12/1891 Public - Donna Gail - Other relative - 14 September 2016 - Family papers
  • Place of birth
    Earnslaw Station, Paradise, Glenorchy, Southland Public - Donna Gail - Other relative - 14 September 2016 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
    5th of 8 children to James and Agnes Balneaves. Only son. Public - Donna Gail - Other relative - 14 September 2016 - Family papers
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Myross Bush, New Zealand AWMM
    • Paradise, Glenorchy.
      Later Mill Road North, Myross Bush, Invercargill Public - Donna Gail - Other relative - 14 September 2016 - Family oral history
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    James Balneaves, Myross Bush, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 December 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 9/665 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 OtagoNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    farmer Public - Donna Gail - Other relative - 14 September 2016 - Family oral history
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • According to Luxford, Private Balneaves was buried at Bazentin-le-Grand, France. AWMM
    • Join NZ Corps Otago Mounted Rifles.
      Served in Gallipoli campaign and was injured in the Dardanelles on 20 May 1915. Rejoined the campaign on 3 September 1915 and was later evacuated to Alexandria, Egypt on 24 December, 1915.
      He was later transferred to the NZ Machine Gun Corp Number 2 Company on 19 March 1916. On 6 April, 1916 he left for France and the Somme battlefields.
      He was killed on 15 September 1916 on the first day of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. This was the third and final general offensive by the British Army during the Battle of the Somme.
      His trench took a direct hit, killing 9 of the 10 soldiers in his unit. All were from the Southland area.

      Will was the only son of James and Agnes Balneaves and had 7 sisters.
      He is remembered on the cenotaphs at Glenorchy and Invercargill.

      He is buried in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France close to the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Public - Donna Gail - Other relative - 14 September 2016 - Military personnel file, Otago Daily Times press clipping, family records.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 September 1916 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM XIV. C. 1. AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • The 15th of September, 2016 is the 100 year anniversary of the death of William Earnslaw Balneaves. He is remembered by the descendants of his parents, James and Agnes Balneaves and his seven sisters. William was raised in Glenorchy and later in Myross Bush before joining the Otago Mounted Rifles. We thank will for his efforts and for his ultimate sacrifice. We will not forget him. May he rest in peace.
    Public - Donna Gail - Other relative - 14 September 2016
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
14 September 2016Donna GailSydney, AustraliaOther relative
21 April 2015ToniAuckland, New ZealandOther

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