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William Marsters

Unknown photographer (1917) A Maori buys cakes from vendor whilst halting [William Marsters]. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-418 H32. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Unknown photographer (1917) A Maori buys cakes from vendor whilst halting [William Marsters]. Auckla …


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    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Marsters AWMM
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  • Also known as
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    WWI 15568 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 June 1891 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Avarua[Rarotonga] Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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    WW1 Mrs Crowe (friend), 50 Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 15568 AWMM
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    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 7" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      168 lb AWMM

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  • Embarked Wellington, 25 July 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 3 October 1916; marched in to Reserve Group, Sling Camp, and reverted to the ranks, 3 October 1916.
    Forfeited 11 days' pay by Royal Warrant, 28 October 1916 (no further details recorded).
    Proceeded overseas to France, 15 November 1916; marched out to Division, 1 December 1916; on duty with 1st Bn, 2 December 1916.
    Admitted to No 7 General Hospital, St Omer, 23 March 1917; rejoined unit, 10 April 1917.
    Wounded in action, 7 June 1917 (gun shot wound, face); admitted to 77th Field Ambulance, 8 June 1917; rejoined 1st Bn, 12 June 1917.
    Transferred to NZ Pioneer Bn, 3 July 1917.
    On leave, 18 August 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 3 September 1917.
    Appointed Lance Corporal, 8 September 1917.
    Admitted to NZ Stationary Hospital, Wisques, 13 November 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to Ambulance Train, 25 November 1917 (pleurisy), and admitted to No 4 General Hospital, Camiers; transferred to England, 30 November 1917, and admitted to Military Hospital, Bethnal Green, London, 1 December 1917; discharged to NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, 28 December 1917.
    Transferred to Rarotonga Company, 19 March 1918.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 7 May 1918; marched in to Base Depot, Etaples, 9 May 1918.
    Attached on strength to NZ Depot Unit of Supply, Marseilles, 26 May 1918.
    Embarked Marseilles for Egypt, 5 June 1918; disembarked Alexandria, 14 June 1918; taken on strength, Rarotonga Company, in the field, 3 July 1918.
    Admitted to Field Ambulance, 24 July 1918 (malaria); discharged to duty, 30 July 1918, and rejoined unit, in the field.
    Appointed Temporary Corporal, 22 August 1918.
    Found guilty, 23 August 1918, in that he in the field on 20 August 1918 gave an order of a vexatious nature to men under him: reprimanded.
    Relinquished appointment of Temporary Corporal, 26 November 1918, and appointed Lance Corporal.
    Found guilty, 26 November 1918 of (1) drunkenness; (2) being absent without leave: penalty not recorded on file.
    Commenced return to New Zealand from Suez on board RL 'Malta', 14 December 1918; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 13 June 1919.
    War service: 3 years 70 days (of which 2 years 186 days were abroad) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    21 May 1940 AWMM
    Te KuitiWaikato AWMM
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  • William Marsters also known as William Pokura Raki (Rakitu) was my Great Grandfather and this is the only photo I have of him. Thank you for your service papa
    Public - Lindsay - Direct descendant - 20 June 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      37: 7 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra 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. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information kindly provided by Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project AWMM


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02 December 2019BarryNew ZealandResearcher
20 June 2018LindsayAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant

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