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Francis Estcourt Liverton

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 52), Page: 21 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 3 (Roll 52), Page: 21 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Estcourt AWMM
  • Surname
    Liverton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 39543 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 October 1896 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
    10 March 1900 Public - andrew - Other relative - 18 July 2017 - Births, Deaths, Marriages & Citizenship - Mauri o te Tangata
    The Department of Internal Affairs - Te Tari Taiwhenua
  • Place of birth
    Dannevirke, NZ Public - andrew - Other relative - 18 July 2017 - Births Register, Dept Internal Affairs, Wellington NZ
  • Birth notes
    Birth certificate attached
    Francis lied about his age on enlistment, claiming to be about 20 yrs old Public - andrew - Other relative - 18 July 2017 - Births Register, Dept Internal Affairs, Wellington NZ, Military Personnel File
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
    none Public - andrew - Other relative - 18 July 2017 - he did not return to NZ
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    William Charles Liverton (father), Rangataua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    never married Public - andrew - Other relative - 18 July 2017 - Family knowledge


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 39543 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 Railway clerk/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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    • Francis Liverton was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Charles Liverton, of Waikohi Valley, Eketahuna, Wairarapa, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Francis Liverton arrived at the infamous training camp next to the fishing port of Etaples on the northern French coast, just south of Boulogne, on 9 September 1917, the very day that an uprising (some call it a mutiny) took place. The uprising remains the subject of censorship and speculation over what really went on. What an awful start to what was to be only a little over 2 months in Europe.

      Etaples as an army city was a brutal, hated place of route marches in the sand dunes, exposure to chlorine gas and endless bayonet drills. It was a place where "canaries" (instructors) and "redcaps" (military police) with safe jobs far behind the front lines could bully and torment even veterans of the trenches recovering from wounds. Public - Andrew - Other relative - 11 November 2020 - 1.Military Personnel File
      2. "The Monocled Mutineer", (William Allison and John Fairely, 1978, ISBN 0 70432154 8
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About death

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  • Death
    23 November 1917 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    17 years, 8 months Public - andrew - Other relative - 12 July 2017 - service records and birth certificate
  • Place of death
    Just East of Polygon Wood, near Zonnebeke, north east of Ypres, Belgium Public - andrew - Other relative - 12 July 2017 - Military personnel file, Passchendaele Research centre Zonnebeke, Belgium
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM I. A. 13. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • I visited for the third time my great uncle's grave at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium near Ypres on 26 June 2017. I also visited in August 2014 and September 1993.
    Just short of the 100th anniversary of his falling, I paid my respects this year. An amazing commitment by the people of Flanders to curate and along with the Belgian dead, remember the dead in this hellish conflict. The Passchendaele Museum Research Centre in Zonnebeke Belgium will document Francis and include his story on the official archives of the Third Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Passchendaele, and plant a tree for him in a new Wood of Peace next to Polygon Wood. For a railway clerk from New Zealand, who lived through hell, he deserves to be immortalised. Francis is my great uncle – his sister, Louisa Myrtle Liverton was my grandmother, who lived in Melbourne from about 1930.

    Public - andrew - Other relative - 12 July 2017
  • Ronnie and myself went to your memorial stone at tyn cott cemetry,you called us to your given spot. It was great to see you had a lovely red rose planted there for you and your memory so well looked after. You are my grand uncle.Your grand farther is my great grand farther. I will put flowers at your grand mothers grave at castlepoint. love pam
    Public - Pamela - Other Relative - 27 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
11 November 2020AndrewMelbourne AustraliaOther relative
11 July 2017Andrew RobertPerth, Western AustraliaOther relative
27 April 2015Pamela Masterton New ZealandOther Relative

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