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Henry William Insley

Portrait of brothers: Allan Edward Insley (23704) (left), Henry William Insley (23705) (right). Both were part of the 13th Reinforcements New Zealand Field Engineers. From the collection of Henry William Insley (23705). Image provided by Passau family. No known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of brothers: Allan Edward Insley (23704) (left), Henry William Insley (23705) (right). Both …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Henry William AWMM
  • Surname
    Insley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Henry Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 23705 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Anglican Public - Victoria - 7 November 2022 - Family information

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 March 1896 Military Personnel File DunedinOtago Military Personnel File
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Dunedin, New Zealand Public - Victoria - 15 April 2015 - Military Personnel file
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    • Union Steamship Company Public - Victoria - Other relative - 17 February 2016 - Family history
    • Engineer Public - Victoria - Direct descendant - 20 January 2022 - Family history
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 H.I. Insley (father), Cowes Bay, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Dorothy Insley, 33 Pencarrow Ave, Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown Military Personnel File Fitter/Military Military Personnel File
  • 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
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Henry William Insley went to the First World War with his brother Allan Edward Insley (23704), who pretended to be his twin.

    Panora Ltd. (1916) 13th Reinforcement, New Zealand Engineers. Christchurch, England, July, 1916. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-TECH-661-18 (Backrow 16th from the left).

    31 embarkations between 1941 and 1952. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1977 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Auckland Public - Victoria - Other Relative - 14 July 2015 - Family papers
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • It must have been quite a journey from your home in Cowes Bay, Waiheke Island to the front line, Henry Bill. Your family is proud of your efforts and remember you with much affection.
    Public - Libby - Other Relative - 30 January 2015

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 April 2023LibbyAucklandDirect descendant
07 November 2022VictoriaAucklandOther
13 January 2020VictoriaAucklandOther relative
30 January 2015LibbyEpsom, AucklandOther Relative

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