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Duncan Rutherford

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Duncan AWMM
  • Surname
    Rutherford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Rubert William Denfley Wilson AWMM
    • Duncan Rutherford AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 39684 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 June 1894 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    George Rutherford (father), Lyttelton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 39684 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Motor salesman/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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Duncan Rutherford was the son of George and Margaret Rutherford, of Lyttelton, New Zealand. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    • 22 August 1918 AWMM
      Age 24 AWMM
      BapaumeFrance AWMM
    • 19 December 1980 Allan Steel Cemetery Project
      Age 66 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM XX. E. 14. AWMM
    • Andersons Bay RSA Cemetery, Dunedin City Council AWMM Block 5A, Plot 26 AWMM
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  • He is mentioned in Allan Watkins diary "Guns came forward in front of Puisieux, bright moonlight. At break of day we were heavily shelled and had a rotten time in holes we had dug in the ground, no sleep. Later the hun counter attacked 3 times and each time we were again bombarded with shells and gas. Still we all “boxed on” though poor old Bullock main body 9th WMR was killed also one of the drivers (Duncan). Our range is only from 1900 to 1200 yards so we get a large share of machine gun bullets." written on 22 Thursday, August 1918.
    Public - Justine - Researcher - 7 August 2020
  • In loving memory of Duncan Rutherford, eldest son of George and Margaret Rutherford, Lyttelton, killed in action, aged 24 years, 22nd August, 1918, Battle of Bapaume, France. Buried in the Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France. We Will Remember.
    Public - Dianne Jeanette Dixon - Direct descendant - 28 March 2017
  • In Loving Memory of Duncan Rutherford, Killed in action, 22nd August, 1918, Bapaume, France. We will Remember.
    Public - Dianne Jeanette - Direct descendant - 6 April 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • This record was partially compiled from data kindly provided by Allan Steel Cemetery Project (2020) AWMM
      Unpublished papers: family papers AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      57: 23 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. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM
    • Dianne Dixon, John Stafford and Una Melville had lunch together, today 30.3.2015 and remembered Dunc Public - Una Joyce - Other Relative - 30 March 2015 - Family papers. We three people are all descended from Joseph and Caroline Charlotte Loader nee Christie, all from Lyttelton, N.Z.
    • In Loving Memory of Duncan Rutherford, my Great Uncle who made the ultimate sacrifice 100 years ago. Public - Dianne Jeanette - Direct descendant - 8 September 2018 - Family Research, Army Records


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
07 August 2020JustineAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
08 September 2018Dianne JeanetteChristchurch, New ZealandDirect descendant
28 March 2017Dianne Jeanette DixonChristchurch, New zealandDirect descendant
06 April 2016Dianne JeanetteChristchurch, New ZealandDirect descendant
30 March 2015Una Joyce New ZealandOther Relative

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