SAMS , William Montague Home
(Service number 4/1998)

Aliases Montague, Montie
First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank


Date 17 August 1881 Place of Birth Eweburn Station, Central Otago

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. D. SAMS (father), Balmoral, South Canterbury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements New Zealand Engineers
Date 4 March 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

October 1918 still seriously ill in hospital, but progressing favourably.

Post-war Occupations


Date 4 February 1965 Age 83 yrs
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 5 February 1965
Memorial or Cemetery Pleasant Point Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 20, Plot 40
New Zealand Memorials St Stephen's Anglican Church, Fairlie, Roll of Honour (On Active Service)

Biographical Notes

Eldest son of William Thomas & Annie Maria (nee HOME)SAMS, of Balmoral, Fairlie. Brothers Frank Douglas Home SAMS & Herbert William Home SAMS also served in WWI. Educated at Lower Shotover & George Street Dunedin schools, then in Timaru. In March 1915 Montie registered as a recruit for service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in Europe. Returned home by the Maunganui in June 1919. [See BIO.]


Cenotaph Database [28 February 2014]; Press, 6 December 1910, 27 July 1912, 31 July 1912, Ashburton Guardian, 30 July 1912, 1 August 1912, Evening Post, 31 March 1915, 3 March 1916, Timaru Herald, 4 October 1918 [S. W. Sams], 18 June 1919, Maoriland Worker (Papers Past) [28 February 2014, 05 March 2014]; TDC headstone image (Pleasant Point Cemetery) [28 February 2014]; Timaru Herald, 5 February 1965 (Timaru District Library) [28 February 2014].  

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