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Arthur John Creasy

Borough of Newmarket, Newmarket War Memorial, Newmarket Auckland. Image provided by John Halpin 2014, CC BY John Halpin 2014

Borough of Newmarket, Newmarket War Memorial, Newmarket Auckland. Image provided by John Halpin 2014 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur John AWMM
  • Surname
    Creasy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 24499 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 September 1872 AWMM EckingtonYorkshire AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.A. Creasy (mother), Wales, near Sheffield, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    23 September 1918 AWMM Married AWMM
    Edith Willerton AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 24499 AWMM
  • Military service
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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 Gardener/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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 24 August 1919 AWMM Sapper AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Born on 5 September 1872 Eckington Derbyshire England. Son of Mary Ann (nee Willerton) & John Creasy both originally from Lincolnshire.

    Family moved to town of Wales in Yorkshire, England between 1875 & 1881.

    Arthur became a coal miner and in the 1891 census of Wales he is living with his parents aged 18 in Wales. Older siblings also worked in the mines. His father died this year.

    Arthur emigrated to New Zealand 22 July 1896 aboard the Kaikoura aged 23 occupation Miner – source Ancestry UK Outward Passengers 1890-1960. Arrived Wellington 17 September 1896 and went to Auckland. Two uncles – Thomas & Robert Willerton lived in Auckland.

    NZ Occupation – electoral rolls state gardener (also see 1937 article in Auckland Star). Worked for Sir George Fowlds as a gardener and coachman and also a gardener at Auckland Government House, starting there in 1908. Other minor occupations mentioned in article.
    Returned to England on Wakool from Sydney arriving London 8 January 1913. Back to Sydney on ship Benalla departing London 17 April 1913 (Ancestry).

    Back in New Zealand working on Auckland wharves at time of General Strike in November 1913 (Auckland Star article)

    1914 Gardener at Auckland Government House and at time of enlistment
    Enlisted 31 May 1916 Narrow Neck New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company 2nd Reinforcements. Age 43. Departed 26 June 1916 from Wellington on troopship Maunganui arrived 23 August 1916.
    Left Sling for France 2 September 1916: Left Etaples 3 October 1916 (Archway website World War One records for Arthur John Creasy) and posted to NZ Tunnelling Company which was based at Arras at this time. From this time until April 1917 the NZ Tunnelling Company was involved in the digging of the Arras Tunnels connecting all the caves that had been dug out since the Middle Ages and the material used in the building of the town of Arras.
    On completion of the construction work most of the Sappers were removed to back billets at the time of the big offensive on 9 April. (Arthur had dental work done at this time according to his records and was not back in the field until 6 May 1917). The Tunnelling Company did not leave the Arras area until July 1918 according to online articles on the Tunnellers.
    Arthur remained in the field until September 1918 (apart from 2 weeks leave in September 1917).

    Leave 18 September to 6 October 1918 – returned to England and married his first cousin Edith Willerton in Streatham south London on 23 September 1918. Back to France

    Returned to England – Larkhill & Sling 23 January 1919. Did not leave with most of the Tunnelling Company in Feb/March.

    Returned to New Zealand aboard the troopship Ruapehu on 7 June 1919. His wife (and other soldiers’ wives) also aboard. His mother named as next of kin in his early Army records died the day after he embarked for New Zealand.

    Discharged 24 August 1919.

    Returned to gardening at Auckland Government House
    1922 – Appointed head gardener and custodian at Government House living at the Caretakers Cottage on Waterloo Crescent. (Auckland Star article & electoral rolls).

    Retired in 1937 moving to Selwyn Street Howick with his wife
    Died 8 April 1960 aged 87. Cremated Purewa Auckland. Edith died August 1966. Sadly they had no children.

    Auckland Star 8 November 1937 page 3 “Long Service Seven Governors” AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 April 1960 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
    The Borough of Newmarket War Memorial, Auckland Council Archives AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Information kindly provided by family 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: 41 AWMM


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