WILLIAMS, Owen Wallis 
(Service number 23/1875)

First Rank Captain Last Rank


Date 5 August 1882 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Schoolmaster
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married Elsie Clara STEVENSON, 26 December 1907, at Avonside Church, Christchurch. Lory Gareth Stevenson WILLIAMS born 1908; Orlando Douglas WILLIAMS born 1910; Desmond Owen WILLIAMS born 1913.
Next of Kin Mrs O. W. WILLIAMS (wife), 75 Austin Street, Wellington
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 3rd Reinforcements 1st Battalion, E Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Tahiti or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

Military Cross - 1917

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 Age 88 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Fourth son of Rev. W. J. WILLIAMS, sometime Wesleyan minister at Timaru. Educated at East Christchurch & Timaru Main schools. Married Elsie Clara STEVENSON. Son Errol Wallis Stevenson WILLIAMS died in 1941 in the Western desert in WWII. In 1917 when he was awarded the Military Cross, he was temporary major. Died 1970, NZ. Brother Bertram Victor WILLIAMS was killed in action in 1917 in WWI; brother Hugh Hosking WILLIAMS served in WWI & WWII; brother Harold Whitmore WILLIAMS was a war correspondent in WWI.


Cenotaph Database [09 March 2014]; Colonist, 4 January 1908, Dominion, 4 September 1917 (Papers Past) [09 March 2014]

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