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William James Letford

Detail from portrait of  Private William James Letford, c.1890s. Image kindly provided by Graham Forristalle (September 2018). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Detail from portrait of Private William James Letford, c.1890s. Image kindly provided by Graham For …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William James AWMM
  • Surname
    Letford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11890 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 January 1870 AWMM
  • Date of birth
    17th January 1870 Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - Military personnel file & UK Census
  • Place of birth
    Frensham, south of Farnham in Surrey. Has beautiful ponds and lakes. I grew up around there myself! Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - family story. Victorian family photos on those ponds.
  • Birth notes
    His mother Betsy was from Frensham, his Father William from Mickleham, a village near Dorking Surrey Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - Family knowledge in UK
  • Address before enlistment
    That's on the NZ Archway archive- his NZExpForce papers.
    He lived in Otaki, Wellington, and Franklin- he married there. Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - Family photos with Otaki stamp on them
  • Post war occupation
    Our family story is that he came home to NZ so ill after 1918 he "was never the same again"- a sick Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - Just look at the Archway file
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 William V. Letford (son), Otaki Railway, Otaki, New Zealand AWMM
    • That's on the NZ Archway- his NZ Exp Force papers Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - NZ Archway
  • Relationship status
    His wife Eliza (formerly Miss Dalziell) had died, and also a couple of his daughters, in our family story. Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - Family story

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11890 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 Painter AWMM
    • do look on NZ Archway, for his Exp Force Papers Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - NZ Archway
  • Occupation before enlistment
    In the UK he worked in farming. Agricultural labourer, like so many of his family: one of 17 childre Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - Family knowledge. Agrees with UK Census
  • Age on enlistment
    he was 45+, quite an age for a soldier Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017 - Born January 1870, the eldest of his family.

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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • William, beloved brother of my grandmother. Went to the Front along with his son, and endured the loss of his Francis Edward Letford 100 years ago this week.
    For them both RIP
    Public - GRAHAM FRANCIS - Direct descendant - 9 October 2017

Sources

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09 October 2017GRAHAM FRANCISOxford UKDirect descendant
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