WILLIAMS, Laurence Edward
(Service number 7/147)

Aliases Mike
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment P. O. Box 8, Saint Andrews
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin A. C. WILLIAMS, Saint Andrews, South Canterbury
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 Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Lyttelton, Canterbury Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914 Star, British War Medal (1914-20), Victory Medal (1914-19), and the Gallipoli Star
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 22 August 1965 Age 82 yrs
Place of Death
Notices Timaru Herald, 24 August 1965
Memorial or Cemetery Woodbury Cemetery
Memorial Reference Block 3, Plot 49
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Arthur Cuthbert & Jane Pauline Harriet (nee LEE) WILLIAMS. Educated at Christ's College, Christchurch. Brothers Cuthbert Leslie WILLIAMS & Reginald Bealey WILLIAMS also served in WWI. Laurence departed with the Mounted Men by the slow train from Timaru on 17 August 1914, amidst much excitement in the town, whilst their horses were trucked at the Smithfield siding, Waimataitai. The Mayor spoke of the pride in them and said that they were going forward with stout hearts and strong arms. "Be true lads to your King and Empire, to yourselves and your country, and put your trust in God," he said. Returned aboard transport No. 204 to Port Chalmers, about 11 January 1919. Married Janet Mary ROGERS in 1920. RSA honours at funeral.


Cenotaph Database [08 March 2014]; Woodbury Cemetery transcripts [March 2014]; Timaru Herald, 18 August 1914, 8 January 1919, Otago Daily Times, 7 January 1919 (Papers Past) [20 March 2014; 30 August 2014]; Timaru Herald, 24 August 1965 (Timaru District Library) [March 2014] 

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