(Service number 8/3791)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 30 May 1884 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 20 October 1915 Age 31 yrs 7 mths
Address at Enlistment 58 King Ed St, Dunedin
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience Timaru Garrison Band for 18 months
Marital Status Married. Married Mary Jane WILSON, 28 March 1907 at Timaru. Children - Matilda Margaret WILLIAMS, born 23 February 1908 at Timaru. William James WILLIAMS born 26 December 1910.
Next of Kin Mrs Mary J. WILLIAMS (wife), 58 King Edward Street, South Dunedin; later of 39 Nelson Street, South Dunedin.
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 ft 10 in. Complexion dark. Eyes grey. Hair dark brown. Sight 6/6 both eyes. Hearing & colour vision good. free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Good bodily & mental health. Amputation of small toe.

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 9th Reinforcements Otago Infantry Battalion, D Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt 
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Liberation Date


Date 16 October 1917 Reason No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

October 1916 reported wounded in France.

Post-war Occupations

Labourer; railway employee


Date 6 December 1949 Age 65 yrs
Place of Death Dunedin
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Block 165, Plot 124
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Walter & Susan (nee FISHER) WILLIAMS. When he enlisted he was a labourer for the Christchurch Meat Coy in Timaru. Served abroad for 1 year & 231 days, at home for 131 days. Brother Nathan WILLIAMS also served in WWI.


Cenotaph Database [08 March 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5557 0123063 [12 March 2014]; Timaru Herald, 30 October 1916 (Papers Past) [07 March 2014]; Dunedin City Council Cemeteries Burials Database (Andersons Bay Cemetery) [March 2014]

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