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Alfred Warner Helem

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 34), Page: 37 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 34), Page: 37 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alfred Warner AWMM
  • Surname
    Helem AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Worner AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 14727 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 July 1895 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Ohutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Peter Dunbar Helem (father), Ohutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 June 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 14727 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farm hand/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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dunbar Helem, of Ohutu, Rangitikei

    Information supplied by a niece indicates that Alexander Warner and Alfred Warner Helem were brothers of George William Worner. All three served in the First World War and were killed in action. Two died at Passchendaele.

    The connection between the three men is unclear because of the spelling of their surnames. It is understood that the correct spelling of the family name is Worner.

    Alfred Warner Helem, the youngest brother, lived with his uncle and appears to have enlisted under his uncle's surname, which was Helem. In the embarkation rolls Peter Helem is also listed as his father and next of kin.

    Served under his uncle's surname, which was Helem. Family name is Worner (also spelled as Warner). It is understood by family that the correct spelling of the family name is Worner. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 August 1917 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM

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  • Alfred, Alexander and William Worner (correct spelling ) were indeed full blood brothers born into a family of nine children in the country town of Geraldine in the South Island of New Zealand. Alfred's father, who was a butcher, died when Alfred the baby of the family was only 2. Alfred went to school in Geraldine with his brothers before at some stage going to live with his uncle in the North Island. All three brothers are recorded with their names spelt correctly ( Worner ) on both the Geraldine school roll of honour and on the Geraldine cenotaph. I have in my keeping the family bible which records the birth dates of the three brothers. I have recently visited Ypres in Belgium and found their names, George and Alexander on the Tyne Cot memorial and Alfred on the Messines Ridge memorial. All the Geraldine members of the Worner family remember with honour their contribution to WW1.
    Public - Marie Helene - Other relative - 13 June 2017
  • I am the great nephew of Alfred. The recorded notes are correct and authenticated by recent family research. It may be of interest that his mother agreed to allow Alfred to reside with her brother who had a farm in the North Island. the uncle was childless, she was widowed. The family were at the time based in the South Island. Alfred came from a larger family.
    Public - Graeme David - 27 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Scadden, J. (2018). Broken branches : New Zealand families who lost three or more children in the Great War. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      34: 37 AWMM
    • Harper, G. (2000). Massacre at Passchendaele : the New Zealand story. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins. 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
    • The Fields of Remembrance Trust: Brothers Field, Auckland Museum (Armistice, 2018) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM


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13 June 2017Marie HeleneAshburton New ZealandOther relative
27 April 2015Graeme DavidNew ZealandOther

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