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William Ainslie

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Ainslie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 4/1323 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 July 1880 AWMM TasmaniaAustralia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 October 1915 AWMM Mokai, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Ainslie (mother), Black River, North-west Coast, Tasmania, Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 18 December 1915 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 4/1323 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    3 Army Mine School, February 1917 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 1 October 1915 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    Bushman/Civilian AWMM
    AvondaleAuckland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      161 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      18 August 1917 admitted to Field Ambulance AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      gun shot wounds to back AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attested as single. he appears to have married, his widow is recorded on the service records as Mrs A. Ainslee C/o Mrs (?illegible), Park Close, Brockenhurst.

    He volunteered to be part of a New Zealand Company that would dig tunnels between the opposing lines under 'no man's land' in order to charge the enemy's line with high explosives.

    August 15 1917 William Ainslie was wounded in his back near Basseville with the consequence of paraplegia. He was transferred to No. 1 NZGH, Brockenhurst where he died a month later. (Church, p.105) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    22 September 1917 AWMM
    Age 37 AWMM
    BrockenhurstHampshire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Brockenhurst (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Hampshire, England AWMM Plot A, Row 1, Grave 2 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Church, C. (2002). New Zealand graves at Brockenhurst : 93 New Zealand soldiers remembered from World War One. Hampshire, England: Author. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 6 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. 5: Includes portrait 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. 5: Includes portrait AWMM

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