(Service number 2/822. Service Number changed from 2/822 to 15/822A on Personnel Records.)

First Rank Gunner Last Rank


Date 13 September 1894 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 18 Macdonald Crescent, Wellington
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Joseph WILLIAMS, care of C.F.C.A., Waimate, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
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 Field Artillery
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Limerick or Arawa
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
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 8 June 1964 Age 71 yrs
Place of Death Dunedin
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Andersons Bay Crematorium, Dunedin (William Ernest WILLIAMS)
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Joseph & Louisa Ann (nee GAY) WILLIAMS. Brother Alfred WILLIAMS also served in WWI. Brother Thomas Henry WILLIAMS served in the South African War. Death recorded in Personnel Records & in cremation record as William Ernest WILLIAMS. Service number has been changed from 2/822 to 15/522a on Personnel Record. Ernest would have been only 19 years old when he embarked for the Suez in 1914. Educated at Waimate School. Ernest & Alfred returned to NZ on Transport 203 in January 1919.


Cenotaph Database [08 March 2014]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 XXXXXXXXW) [14 March 2014]; NZ BDM Indexes (DIA) [08 March 2014]; DCC Cremation Record (Andersons Bay) [15 March 2014]; Otago Daily Times, 2 January 1919 (Papers Past) [10 March 2014]

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