WEBB, William Winett
(Service number 12/697)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 24 September 1882 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date 11 September 1914 Age 31
Address at Enlistment Penrose, Auckland
Occupation Leading Line Erector NZ Government
Previous Military Experience Temuka Rifles (Territorials) 12 years
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Theodore Robina Webb (wife) Mechanics' Institute, Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Auckland Infantry Battalion
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Waimana
Embarked From Auckland NZ Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Auckland Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
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

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 June 1915 Age 32
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Memorial Reference III. A. 7
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour, Auckland Memorial Museum WW1 Hall of Memories; Temuka War Memorial

Biographical Notes

William was born in Temuka 24 September 1882, the eldest of five sons and 3 daughters, of Andrew and Helen Jane Webb nee Waddel of Princes Street Temuka. In June 1906 at Christchurch, he married Theodore Robina Goy and they had three children, Mabel Matilda 1906, William Carl 1907, who died at 2 months, and Dorothy Helen 1909.

William was a member of the Temuka Territorials for 12 years and a keen rifle shooter. William attended many local and national shooting events and was the winner of numerous competitions and medals. Cycling was also one of his interests.

Prior to enlisting, William was employed by the NZ Government at Penrose as a Leading Line Erector and his wife’s address was care of Mechanics Institute Temuka. He was described as being of fair complexion, chest 39 inches, 12 stone in weight, 6 foot in height, eyes blue, hair brown and having good teeth. He was attested in Auckland on 10 September 1914 and served in NZ from 11 September to 15 October 1914. He embarked from Auckland for Suez, Egypt on the Waimana on 16 October 1914, arriving 4 December 1914.

William was killed in action on Gallipoli 2 June 1915 and is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. After the war his wife was sent his medals, scroll and plaque. Two other brothers also served overseas. 12/1123 Private Gordon Henry Webb, Auckland Battalion, who was invalided home from the effects of Gallipoli in April 1916, and 9/101 Sgt Alexander Elder Webb, Otago Mounted Rifles, who was invalided home from France on the Remuera May 1918.


Auckland Cenotaph, CWGC, Historical BMD, NZ Herald 11 Apr 1916,Press 17 Apr 1918,

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Liz Shea (SC branch NZSG); Ted Hansen (SC branch NZSG)

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