(Service number 6/1527)
|First Rank||Captain||Last Rank||Major|
|Date||17 June 1880||Place of Birth||Blackburn, Lancashire, England|
|Address at Enlistment||Nelson, New Zealand|
|Occupation||Barrister and Solicitor|
|Previous Military Experience||Nelson College Cadets|
|Next of Kin||Mrs William HOULKER (mother), 18 Brougham Street, Nelson. Also Tom HOULER, Nelson.|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||3rd Reinforcements|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||14 February 1915|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
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|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal. Gallipoli Medallion.|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Wounded in action early in campaign, hospitalised, recovered and returned to the frontline (after convalescing at an island in the Mediterranean). Wouned in the August Offensive, 1915, when he received a gunshot wound to the thigh. He was taken from Anzac Beach to the hospital ship Valdivia on 8 August 1915.
|Date||10 August 1915||Age||35 yrs|
|Place of Death||At Sea, HM Hospital Ship Valdivia ex Gallipoli|
|Cause||Died of wounds|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey. Buried at sea, near Anzac Cove, 10 August 1915.|
|Memorial Reference||Panel 73|
|New Zealand Memorials||Memorial tablet in Nelson Cathedral.|
Son of William & Hannah (Anna) Jane HOULKER, of 18 Brougham Street, Nelson. His Webley Revolver is in the Auckland Museum collection. Was a partner in a Nelson legal firm. Well known in Timaru, having been in the office of Messrs Perry, Perry and Kinnerney in Timaru for some years (in Timaru in 1905-1906). Educated at Nelson College. Graduated with B.A. in 1902, LL.B. in 1904. Scoutmaster for many years. Active in cricket, football, musical circles. One of the first to offer his services when war broke out. Date of death may be 1 October 1915. See BIO. Captain HOULKER (of Nelson, formerly of Timaru) was one of the local officers chosen to go with the South Canterbury Regiment, as second in command of the Infantry, who left Timaru on 14 August 1914, an appointment which was keenly awaited. It appearsthat he did not embark in 1914. .
Cenotaph Database [21 December 2013]; CWGC [31 January 2014]; Timaru Herald, 14 August 1914, 14 August 1915, 17 August 1915, Nelson Evening Mail, 5 August 1916 (Papers Past) [21 December 2013, 2 February 2014; 12 September 2014]
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