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Walter Thomas Lacey

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Lacey AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 6201 AWMM
    • 8263 AWMM
    • 13946 AWMM
    • WWI 13946 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M.W. Lacey (mother), Irk Street, Gore, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      London Gazette, 16 August 1917, p8430, Rec No 762: 'Messines Offensive - 7th to 9th Junes 1917. This man in company with Private Laichbury, in the attack on the Messines Ridge on the 7th June worked together as stretcher bearers. Throughout the engagement their conduct was marked by absolute devotion to duty of the highest type. They were untiring in their attention to the wounded, and during the early stages of the advance worked continuously for 36 hours bandaging the wounded, and carrying them back. During this period they did not rest for more than a few minutes to take their meals. The amount of work done was colossal. They were obviously actuated throughout by a lofty sense of duty. Their self-sacrificing spirit was freely discussed by the whole company.' - 'London Gazette'- 16/08/1917 AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Miner/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
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      6' 0" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      154 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Richard and Mary Wynyard

    Embarked Wellington on board HMNZT 'Maunganui', 26 June 1916; forfeited 1 day's pay, and fined 4/-, at sea, 5 August 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 22 August 1916, and marched in to Sling Camp, 23 August 1916.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 26 September 1916; joined 2nd Bn, Otago Infantry Regiment, in the field, and posted to 8th Company.
    Awarded Military Medal.
    Detached to Summer Rest Camp, 15 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 30 July 1917.
    Killed in action, 3 August 1917.
    Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

    Parents: the late Richard & Mary Wynyard Lacey. Native of Waikaia, Invercargill

    Father was named Richard Lacey. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 August 1917 AWMM
    Age 36 AWMM
    YpresBelgium 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
    • Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      34: 14 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM


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