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William Henwood Johns

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Portrait, Auckland Weekly News, 1917. - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Henwood AWMM
  • Surname
    Johns AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 13/368 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1891 AWMM Te AwamutuWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 14 August 1914 AWMM Te Awamutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • John Johns (father), Te Awamutu, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs Caroline May Johns (wife), Te Awamutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre 5 December 1916 AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13/368 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded at Gallipoli in August 1915. AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of John and Martha Johns, 20 Pine Street, Dominion Road, Auckland.

    Husband of Caroline May Johns (nee Kirkham) married 1916.

    Wounded at Gallipoli he returned to New Zealand and married and was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 31 May 1916. (Studholme 1928)

    Returned to Palestine

    Promoted to Lieutenant on 23 April 1917. (Studholme 1928)

    Remembered at Pukekohe Intermediate School, with Memorial stones & loving memory roses.

    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Scars on the Heart WW I, 'Remember' display, contains a framed memorial plaque containing a photograph of William Henwood Johns. The top of the frame has "For King and Country" and at the bottom "Liberty Justice Humanity"

    The Auckland Museum Library's manuscripts collection contains five letters written by Johns to his niece Iris, covering a period from 29 March 1915 to 27 September 1917. [Ref. MS 1392]

    Attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland). AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    31 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    BeershebaIsrael AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Beersheba War Cemetery, Israel AWMM D.9. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Lieutenant W. H. Johns, Auckland Mounted Rifles, killed in action at Beersheba, was a son of Mr. J. Johns, of Pukekohe. He was born and educated at Te Awamutu. He was a student at the Auckland Training College for some time, and at the time of his enlistment in the Main Body he was engaged in teaching at Te Awamutu. Lieutenant Johns went away as a trooper in the 4th Waikato Mounted Rifles. He was wounded at Gallipoli in August, 1915, and was mentioned in despatches for the excellence of his work on that occasion. He was invalided home, and before returning to the front gained his commission as a second-lieutenant. He left on this occasion as a machine-gun officer. He was prominent in hockey circles, and had represented the Auckland Province and Waipa. He was married shortly before leaving for the front on the second occasion. A younger brother was wounded in Flanders recently. Another brother is at present in camp with a reinforcement draft. (Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 21) AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    • Pukekohe Intermediate School, WW1, Memorial stones & loving memory roses AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Lt. William Henwood Johns 13368 of the Auckland Mounted Rifles NZEF. Wounded at Gallipoli, bled to death on train to Palestine 31/10/1917, when his dressing worked loose, aged 26 years. He was my uncle
    Public - Brian Slade - Other Relative - 3 July 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 370 AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      46: 4 AWMM
    • Johns, William Henwood. Letters to niece, 1915 - 1917. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 1392. AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      p. 169. AWMM
    • Franklin county news AWMM
      Alexander, E. (2 March 2006). Memorial Stones ceremony organised. Franklin County News. AWMM
    • Miller, R. (Ed.). (2012). Pukekohe's memorial stones. Auckland, N.Z.: Franklin Historical Society. AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Obituary: Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 21 AWMM
    • A.U.C. roll of honour, 1914 - 1920. MSS & Archives E-2, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 4: Includes portrait AWMM

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02 June 2017carolynAucklandOther relative
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