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William James Parsons

Portrait, uniform, studio photo (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, uniform, studio photo (kindly provided by family) - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William James AWMM
  • Surname
    Parsons AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 15959 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 October 1895 AWMM StanstedEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    James Parsons (father), Stansted, Rotham, Kent, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 July 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 15959 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 6 April 1916 AWMM
    Age 20 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 11.75 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      grey AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      fair AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM
    • Wounds , Diseases, Unknown Period AWMM
      Hospitalised in September 1917 at Weybridge, England. Believed to be problems with lung; possibly affected by poison gas. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 5 April 1918 AWMM
    No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service AWMM
    Rifleman AWMM
    New Zealand Rifle Brigade AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of James Parsons and Edith Parsons. Born 14 October 1895 at Hatham Green Farm in the village of Stansted, near Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

    Immigrated to New Zealand and resided in Timaru, New Zealand until enlistment in World War 1 in 1916.

    Married in 1920 at Timaru and lived on a farm in Hunter Hills near Waimate in South Canterbury until the 1930s. His wife passed away in 1940 and he returned to the United Kingdom in 1944.

    He married again in England in 1946 and immigrated with wife and son to Melbourne, Australia in 1961 on the liner Willem Rhys. The family then moved to Budgewoi on the Central Coast in New South Wales in Australia in 1963. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    7 September 1966 AWMM
    Age 70 AWMM
    BudgewoiNew South Wales AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Point Clare General Cemetery, Point Clare, New South Wales, Australia AWMM Services plaque. Lawn 2 Row 3 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Remembrance from your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Public - Julia - Direct descendant - 2 June 2018
  • Dad - you are not forgotten. From your loving son Richard and family.
    Public - Richard - Child - 18 July 2017



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
02 June 2018JuliaChristchurch New ZealandDirect descendant
18 July 2017RichardKaiapoi, North Canterbury, New ZealandChild

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